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Tragedy On The Water

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Bay Head, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Summer season is here where every weekend down on the Jersey Shore seems like a vacation full of sun, fun, boating and partying with friends, but those good times can quickly escalate into tragedy.

Bonnie Post of Bay Head, New Jersey opened up about the tragedy that struck her family one summer night out on the water. Her husband Robert Post, a 49-year-old investment banker, was killed on August 3, 2008 in a hit and run boating accident. To this day, the boat remains sitting punctured in her driveway.

“My husband was sitting there behind the console and we had just gone for a short boat ride. We went to the top of the Metedeconk, turned around and we were coming back and I leaned forward to say something to Karen who was lying at my feet which is what saved my life, and the boat came in at one-O’Clock and flew over and hit my husband,” she recalls.

Post described a wide hole in New Jersey's boating laws and now she is pushing for speed limits in New Jersey’s waterways. She said that a bill has been written up and she plans to send a letter to Governor Christie about it.

“We just hope that Governor Christie can act on this sooner than later,” she said.

U.S. Coast Guard Jared Moleno described other horrific scenes he has witnessed out on the water.

“I’ve seen people go through windshields since there’s no seatbelts on vessels or brakes on vessels so they hit rocks or other vessels and they get ejected,” he recalls.

U.S. Coast Guard Cindy Oldham said that the truth is that alcohol and boating just do not mix.

“Last year alcohol was the lead contributing factor to fatal accidents on the water and just like when you designate somebody to drive in a car when you’re out drinking, we also recommend that you have a designated driver on the boat also, call it a sober skipper,” she said.

Boating accidents accounted for 24 deaths last summer in New Jersey alone.


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