Orange County investigators have been looking into a boating accident that occurred in Huntington Harbor when 3 friends from Huntington Beach were driving wildly in an inflatable boat. Eyewitness accounts said that they were speeding through the harbor, making sharp circles and turns before they hit the bridge. Since it was high tide, the men would have had to duck to clear the Gilbert Drive Bridge.
The driver of the boat, Shawn Michael Wilson was found dead hours after the crash under a nearby dock. The other fatality was Caleb Steel, who was also found floating. Both men experienced massive trauma when their bodies hit the bridge. A third man, James Geekie was found unconscious but still in the boat after the accident. He was taken to UCI medical Center with head trauma injuries.
Autopsy toxicology reports are pending due to the theory that all three men had been drinking heavily that night. They had been spotted earlier in nearby bars and had empty beer cans in the boat. The case reminds us that good ideas after you have been drinking (hey let’s get in the boat and go for a cruise) are usually not such a good idea. Boats, like cars, can cause injury or death and accidents like this should act as a reminder to us all that drinking and driving is not a good idea.