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Summit County, CO – One Killed in Boat Accident on Dillon Reservoir

By Burg Simpson
June 15, 2020
4 min read

Summit County, CO (June 15, 2020) – One person passed away following a boating accident on Saturday afternoon, according to reports. At approximately 2:30 p.m., on June 13, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of a boating accident on the Dillon Reservoir.

Reports show that several boats were on the reservoir in attendance of the Dillon Yacht Club’s Peak One Regatta when extreme winds swept across the water. Several boats capsized due to a severe storm bringing in 40-MPH winds and 4-foot waves. One of the boats involved in the regatta collided with a race committee, causing it to turn over and eject the captain.

The Sheriff’s Office began a land and water search immediately with the assistance of the Summit County Water Rescue Team, Dillon Yacht Club boats, fishing guides, the Summit County Rescue Group, Dillon Police Department, Dillon and Frisco Marinas, Summit Water Taxi, and Flight for Life. At 3:30 p.m., on June 14, the body of the 68-year-old man was discovered in 180-feet of water. Around 5 p.m., he was recovered and declared deceased. At this time, the incident remains under investigation.

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who lost his life in this accident.

Fatal Boating Accidents in Colorado

Approximately 650 people lose their lives annually in boating accidents across the United States. Although riding on a boat or any other watercraft can be enjoyable, it is imperative that it is done with extreme caution. Not paying full attention to your surroundings can be life-threatening. We see our fair share of fatal accidents here on the water in Colorado.

Some of the most common causes of collisions include driver inattention and those who act recklessly while behind the wheel. If your loved one lost their life in an accident as a result of another person’s actions, you should reach out to a team of competent, aggressive, and knowledgeable Colorado wrongful death lawyers as soon as possible to see what legal options are available for you.

Since 1977, Burg Simpson has provided nationwide legal representation to families who have lost loved ones in boat accidents caused by negligent drivers. Our accident lawyers in Colorado are passionate about fighting for peoples’ legal rights and holding negligent parties accountable for their actions. If your loved one lost their lives in an accident, due to another driver’s actions, contact our attorneys in Denver, Colorado at (888) 895-2080 to see how we can help you.

Note: Independent sources were used in the creation of this post.  These sources include news reports, police reports, eye-witness reports, social media reports, and first-hand accounts about the injury accident. For that reason, the facts pertaining to the specific events surrounding this accident have not been independently verified by our writing team. If there is any information that is not correct about a specific incident or if you would prefer that the post be removed, please reach out to us as soon as possible so that we can make the correction or remove the post.  

Disclaimer: At the personal injury law firm of Burg Simpson, we have made it our mission to give back to our local community members. We have dedicated our careers to changing peoples’ lives for the better by fighting for them in court to ensure that they receive fair and full compensation for their injuries and damages after suffering an injury.  We hope these posts will help bring awareness to the dangers of driving and will remind members of our communities to practice safer driving habits and take the necessary precautions to prevent being injured. This is not a solicitation for business. The information in this post should not be misconstrued as medical advice or legal advice. The photos depicted in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.

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