Survivors of a fatal Easter Sunday boating accident in Palm Valley, Fla., are suing Crownline Boats, alleging that the "unsafe design" of the bowrider contributed to the crash. The lawsuit was filed in federal court by Francis Moore, his son Joshua Moore, and Jamie Hole, according to a report from www.Firstcoastnews.com. They are three of the nine survivors who were aboard the 22-footer when it crashed.
The lawsuit states that riding in the bow is unsafe because it "exposes persons on the bow to the risk of ejection in case of collision, and it places passengers in front of the driver, thereby obstructing the driver's ability to see objects in or on the water ahead of the vessel," First Coast News reports.
The story notes that 14 people were on the Crownline, two more than the 12 passengers it is designed to hold, when it hit a push-boat in the Intracoastal Waterway.
The plaintiffs are seeking $75,000 in damages. Officials from Crownline could not be reached for comment.