Woman Seriously Injured in Charlestown Boating Incident

A Massachusetts woman was seriously injured when she was thrown overboard during a boating accident just outside of Boston Harbor.

According to WCVB, the Massachusetts Coast Guard received a call from a 29-foot vessel named Naut Guilty of persons overboard near Spectacle Island. One woman had her severed her arm at the shoulder; five other people were also thrown overboard.

The Coast Guard was able to retrieve everyone out of the water safely and the woman was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The boat’s owner and operator Benjamin Urbelis, 33, of Charlestown was arrested on charges of operating under the influence. Police have not said whether the boating accident was directly caused by Urbelis’s operation of the boat and the accident remains under investigation.


Boating accidents can occur for a variety of reasons and involve private recreational vessels as well as commercial ships (such as cruise ships, government vessels, and those involving maritime workers). The U.S. Coast Guard reports that a majority of recreational boating accidents can involve reckless operation, including OUI, operator inexperience, passenger behavior and speeding.

The most common types of boating accidents include:

  • Boat-on-boat collisions
  • Flooding or swamping
  • Collisions with a fixed object
  • Falls overboard
  • Water sport accidents (such as wakeboarding or waterskiing)

Injuries that result from a boating incident can sometimes be serious, even fatal. Medical treatment is imperative for those who’ve been involved in a maritime accident.

When a person is injured in a boating accident to the point where medical care is absolutely necessary, therein lies the question of who is liable for any medical expenses associated with the injury/injuries. Victims who are injured as the result of another’s negligence may be entitled to compensation for the care of their injuries as well as any costs associated with these injuries.

These costs may include:

  • Emergency medical care
  • Physical therapy
  • Lost wages (if the injury prohibits a person from returning to work in a timely manner)
  • Compensation for pain and suffering/psychological treatment

At the law offices of Altman & Altman, our team of dedicated Massachusetts personal injury attorneys have nearly 50 years of experience handling all types of personal injury cases, including boating accidents, car accidents, and any other type of incident where a person is injured as the result of another’s negligence.

Being the victim in a personal injury case is often confusing, and it is highly advised for those who’ve been involved in such an accident contact a seasoned legal professional to discuss his/her options for filing a personal injury claim. Our team of esteemed Massachusetts Boating Accident lawyers pride themselves on a track record of successful verdicts and settlements, so that our clients receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries.

If you or a loved one was the victim of a boating accident, or any other type of incident that was caused by someone else’s behavior, call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys. We are available around the clock to answer any questions you may have about your case and all initial case evaluations are completely free and confidential.


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