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California wrongful death: Woman dies on whale-watching boat trip

Whenever a fatal accident occurs during what is supposed to be a fun event, it can seem particularly tragic. This unfortunately proved to be the case for one 84-year-old woman who recently suffered deadly injuries while she was engaged in a boat outing. The woman suffered what could potentially be considered a wrongful death while on a whale-watching boat near San Diego, California.

Coast Guard officials are said to be investigating the incident. It occurred in mid-January while the woman was on board a two-tiered tour boat that was conducting a whale-watching trip. The boat was located approximately five miles away from the shore at the time of the accident.

Reports indicate that the woman lost her footing on stairs and took a nasty spill. She was rushed to a nearby pier where emergency workers began working on her. They did transport her to a hospital, but she was pronounced dead while at the medical center. What was intended to be a fun outing unfortunately turned fatal for the woman who fell. There were no immediate reports on what factors may have caused or contributed to the woman's accident.

Since the investigation is still ongoing, there is not yet any word on whether a California-based wrongful death lawsuit will be filed in connection with this death. This type of civil action is sometimes taken by family members who have lost a loved one due to the alleged negligence of an individual or company. A successfully litigated claim can assist with recovering financial damages that have been suffered due to an unexpected loss.

Source: cbs8.com, "Coast Guard investigating woman's fatal fall onboard whale-watch," Jan. 21, 2013

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