Boat Operator Charged After Children Fall Overboard

The operator of a boat has been charged with negligent operation after two children fell off the front of the boat in the Bogue Sound Wednesday, one who was injured by the motor.

The North Carolina Wildlife Commission says two boys were sitting on the front of the boat when it was hit by a wake, knocking the boys off the boat.

The man's 10-year-old son fell underneath and was hit by the motor, cutting his back.

The Coast Guard says the family docked the boat on 24th Street in Morehead City where a good Samaritan drive the child to Carteret General Hospital.

The Wildlife Commission did not immediately have the man's name available.

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  • by tasha Location: jacksonville on Jul 8, 2010 at 02:20 PM
    just a question, i see were alot of you mention the fact the he is a doctor, so does that mean it's a accident for him and for the average joe then he is just a bad parent, how does what you do for a living determine if you are a bad parent.
  • by mindy on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    I do not even allow people to sit on the bow of my beautiful new cabin cruiser. It's a large boat but it still seems dangerous to have people sit there. That is one of my main rules NO SITTING ON THE BOW! Along with many others. Obviously this most have been a very small boat. The boat was probably tiny and way to tiny to have kids riding into safely.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 8, 2010 at 07:46 AM
    Glad the kids will be alright! Let this be a lesson to everyone being on a boat. Always make sure you and everyone else (whether you operate or not) are safe and not taking any risks.
  • by angel Location: Newport, NC on Jul 8, 2010 at 06:28 AM
    Both children were very lucky. The parents were suffering to. You could see the love and the pain they had for him. You never know what will happen. That is why it is called an accident. I do not know the family but my prayers are with them all.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 8, 2010 at 06:24 AM
    Glad the kids are ok. The N.C. Boater Education Training Course is FREE and available by going to sign up. Register by county. Should be required for ALL, not just ones under 26 years of age. Would help save some lives, and help protect yourself and others on the water. Found it to be good info even for those of us that have been boating for years.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:42 PM
    walt you are being irrational. How can you say no one can ride in the bow of a vessel underway. From a Canoe to the Titanic any vessel with a ridable open bow can be occupied while underway. Obviously there are conditions that would warrant caution but get real man.
  • by Another Friend Location: NC on Jul 7, 2010 at 09:36 PM
    Friend, you're exactly right - this is a highly respected, conscientious doctor, father, husband and citizen. We've all unintentionally done things, ourselves and with our children, that could have turned out horribly. I feel so badly for all of them!
  • by Friend Location: NC on Jul 7, 2010 at 06:21 PM
    The driver of the boat is a respected doctor who also served in the armed forces...a very intelligent, trustworthy man. This is an awful accident and yes, the son is very fortunate.
  • by Andy on Jul 7, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    I see it EVERY day on the water...and EVERY time I say ____ ___!
  • by Justice on Jul 7, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    This sounds like someone with a bowrider, and has problaby rode like this many times, just this time they hit the wake at just the right angle/speed/etc.. to cause this. The ticket is probably for more than just the kids riding up front per se. This is one lucky kid to have hit the prop and live.
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