make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Update on weekend boating accident

READ MORE: Update on weekend boating accident
A boating accident off Figure Eight Island claimed the life of a Wilmington man. Emergency responders say a large wave capsized the boat in Rich's inlet around 6 p.m. On board were longtime friends Gary Causey and Donald Drake. They eventually decided to swim for it but only Causey was able to make it to shore. Justin Shackleford of the US Coast Guard said Causey told them he had been boating his whole life. Shackleford said even with experience, tide and wind conditions can be unpredictable. "People just need to realize the limitations of their boat. And don't try to push those limitations. Know what the weather's going to do, know what the tides are doing and the winds," said Shackleford. WWAY spoke to Causey's mother today. She said both families are distraught and devastated by what happened and that she hopes this will make people think twice before boating without a life jacket.

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Reply

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
CAPTCHA
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.