A Citrus County teenager drowned last week while diving with friends off the Hernando County coast.
According to investigators, the teen and his friends were about 17 miles off the coast when he dove in the water and never came back up for air.
According to officials, autopsy results are pending, but foul play is not suspected.
Diving and drowning accidents occur every year in Florida communities. According to a US Coast Guard study, more than 4,500 boating accidents occur each year. In 2012, nearly 20 percent of these accidents resulted in fatalities. Drowning is in fact a leading cause of death from boating accidents in the open water, and diving only increases these risks. If you or someone you love has suffered from a diving, near-drowning or drowning accident, you should seek legal help immediately so that you can understand what steps need to be taken to protect your rights.
Accidents happen every day, it is just a fact of life. When you or someone you care for is injured, a Citrus County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help guide you through the legal process. You and your loved ones have rights when unfortunate injury or death occurs from another person’s negligence or carelessness. As soon as possible after an injury or death occurs, it is important to document the details related to the accident and injury and call us at 352-726-0078 or contact us online for a free consultation. We will work diligently to preserve your rights and secure financial compensation to the fullest extent possible.