Couple files federal lawsuit after woman launched into air from boat during test drive

Couple files federal lawsuit after woman launched into air from boat during test drive
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A North Carolina couple has filed a federal lawsuit claiming the wife was severely injured during a sea trial for a boat they wanted to purchase from a Bass Pro dealership in Myrtle Beach.

"The Bass Pro Salesperson indicated the plaintiffs could sit anywhere they would like on the vessel," the lawsuit said. "The vessel had cushions and seating on the bow area, and Plaintiff Elizabeth P. Simpson sat towards the bow of the vessel.

Court documents claim the woman, who was sitting at the bow of the boat, was launched into the air when the boat was taken into rough waves outside of the Intracoastal Waterway on July 28, 2017.

When Simpson landed back on the boat's deck, she was severely hurt, suffering from a fractured back, according to the federal filing.

The lawsuit alleged the salesperson for Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC., was negligent in piloting the boat, taking it out of the Intracoastal Waterway and into an inlet where the vessel encountered heavier seas.

The lawsuit also alleged the Bass Pro salesperson never warned the woman to change seats or that the vessel would be encountering heavy seas. The lawsuit added the salesperson operated the vessel at an unsafe speed in the inlet.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs are asking for an unspecified amount of damages for the couple.

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