Sad, reading the stories about the 20-year-old that fell or jumped off the Water Patrol boat.

Sad, reading the stories about the 20-year-old that fell or jumped off the Water Patrol boat.

So many unanswered questions. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21, to possess, or consume alcohol. Did the 20-year-old purchase the booze, or was it brought on the boat by other people?  

A story about the incident, in the  Springfield News Leader mentioned there were several other people on the boat, it was released to their custody. I would have to think there was at least one  or more adults on board, or the Water Patrol, would not have let the boat go. If the adults (again, assuming there were people over 21) or whoever brought the alcohol on board, what charges will they be facing? Giving alcohol to a minor, endangerment of a person, or even involuntary manslaughter? 

If these people face charges/lawsuits, wonder what kind of stories they will come with at the depositions; “gee, we didn’t know the guy was underage”, or “gee, we only thought he was drinking Kool-Aid.”

Right. [There has] been too many stories in the news about adults giving alcohol to minors, they get drunk, and deaths or injury are the result. What’s the old saying about being part of the solution/problem? The people on that boat had an obligation not to let any underage people drink alcohol, they could have been part of the solution, instead they are part of the problem. Hopefully the prosecutor will take a very hard look at the involvement of the people on that boat.  

Does the Water Patrol have a liability is this? Possibly.  The bulk of the fault lies with the deceased.  Sadly, it sounds like by what the news is reporting,  that young man made a very bad choice to break the law, and drink, and the people on the boat did not stop him from drinking.  If he had not been drinking, he would not have been detained for BWI, and would not have even have been on the Water Patrol boat.  Just one more example, when it comes to booze, boating, and Lake of the Ozarks, anything goes.

No wonder a few years ago the U.S. government rated Lake of the Ozarks the third most dangerous waterway in the United States.