Seattle Police arrested a boater for suspicion of boating under the influence after a fatal waking boarding incident on Washington Lake on Friday.

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Man Dies In Washington Lake Wakeboarding Accident


Posted on Sep 12, 2012

A 33-year-old Washington man was killed in a Lake Washington wakeboard accident on the evening of Friday, August 10, according to the Seattle Police Department. The driver of the boat was arrested on suspicion of boating under the influence (BUI) but no official charges have been made at this time.

According to the Mercer Island Patch, Nathan Bahner was being pulled on a wakeboard by a motorboat near Seattle’s Steward Park at around six in the evening when the boating accident took place. The boaters pulled the accident victim into the watercraft and made their way to a residential dock after calling for emergency assistance. Paramedics gave the man CPR, but failed to revive him. He was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.

The Seattle Police say that the fatal Washington State boating accident is still under investigation. A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) was on the scene of the accident. The King County Medical Examiner's Office added that the cause of death was pending.

Unfortunately, wakeboarding accidents and waterskiing accidents are all too common in the waters surrounding Seattle. Many of these accidents involve collisions, distracted boaters, speeding, or boating under the influence. Others are caused by poor weather conditions, inexperienced boaters, or equipment failure.

The Seattle boat accident attorneys at the Andrew Kim Law Firm send their condolences to the friends, family, and loved ones of the man killed in this tragic accident – and remind readers to be safe this summer on Washington lakes, rivers, and waterways. 

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