Father Injured By Runaway Boat
August 17, 2011
Boston.com: All Bruce Williams could think of was his daughter. Williams, 57, his wife, Patrice, and his daughter, Emily, 12, were on the dock at the South Shore Yacht Club in North Weymouth, Massachusetts, on Saturday, preparing to take supplies back to their larger boat in a dinghy.
When Emily jumped into the 10-foot boat and started the 9.8-hp motor, a slip of her hand lurched the craft into gear. And the kill switch—a lanyard that attaches the key to the driver’s lifejacket and turns the boat off when it is pulled—slipped off her lifejacket. The dinghy took off unmanned, knocking her into the water.
“The boat essentially ran wild,’’ Williams said. “I jumped in, and I saw the boat coming back at us.’’