Deadly Lucky Peak accident pulls boating safety into focus

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The 2014 boating season is off to a deadly start in Idaho.

A 22-year-old man was killed Friday at Lucky Peak in a boating accident, one day before the start of National Boating Safety Week.

According to the Ada County Sheriff's Office, the 22-year-old was standing on the front of the boat, which was traveling between 15-20 miles per hour, when the boat hit a wake. Deputies say the man fell off of the boat, and then hit his head on the propeller.

Two others were on board at the time of the accident.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office marine patrol spent the weekend at Sandy Point beach educating boaters and otehr recreationalists about safety on the water.

People who spoke with KBOI 2News say they're familiar with the precautions they should take before getting out on the lake.

"First of all, I always wear a life jacket," boater Kelsie Ebeling said. "When I'm out on the water I like to make sure to check my surroundings. It's always better safe than sorry."

Officials say wearing a life jacket every time you're out on the water is key to staying safe.