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Man accused of boating under the influence charged

When you're on the water, you have to be safe. When you drive a boat, you're expected to drive while you're sober, not while you're consuming alcohol. Boating under the influence can lead to serious accidents, and victims can be hit by boats, injured in a collision or thrown from the boat and drowned.

In a case out of South Carolina, a man facing a BUI charge had his bond set at $20,000 for an accident that left at least one person dead and another missing. According to the story, the boat was being driven as part of a retirement party. There were several boats on the lake, many owned by the people who were holding the party.

The party was going well until one of the boats turned left into a wave. The force of the impact caused the people on the boat to be thrown into the water. Another boat was following behind and the people on board were able to help rescue those in the water. Unfortunately, two people went missing; at least one of them drowned following the accident.

Not many people on the boat knew each other, so it was only discovered later after the accident that the second person assumed drowned was missing, spurring an additional search. At least one person was hospitalized following the crash as well. The man who was driving has been accused of being intoxicated at the time, which led to him making a bad turn out of poor judgment. The police did not report what his blood alcohol concentration was at the time of the accident or why they suspect drinking was involved.

Source: WBTV.com, "Judge sets bond for man charged with BUI in Lake Moultrie boating accident," July 25, 2016

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