Boating can be a fun pastime in the summer. People enjoy taking advantage of the warm weather by riding ferries, tourist boats or other types of motorized vessels on Illinois waterways. Unfortunately, boating is not always safe. Serious injuries or even deaths can result from accidents due to collisions, defective boat design, failure to follow boating laws and other causes.
Four men recently died in a boating accident on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. They were on a 26-foot recreational vessel that capsized. Police said the incident occurred sometime between midnight and 5 a.m.
The people killed in the boating accident were identified as 47-year-old Joseph Dalesandro, 40-year-old Raul Cezares, 32-year-old Elmer Jimenez and 26-year-old Rick E. Daciolas. Investigators found Jimenez’s body floating in the water about three miles from where they discovered the boat.
While his body was recovered several hours after the boat overturned, it took authorities multiple days to find the other three victims’ bodies. The U.S. Coast Guard, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Chicago Fire Department and the Chicago Police Department Marine Unit were all involved in the search for the missing boaters.
If you or a family member was injured in an Illinois boating accident, Briskman Briskman & Greenberg can help. Every boating accident case is unique. Speak to one of our personal injury attorneys to learn about the possibility of pursuing compensation for your injuries.