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Family Issues Warning After Newborn Dies

After an afternoon of fun on the water, one family is left devastated. As a houseboat carrying more than a dozen adults and children attempted to dock after a leisurely day of sailing in Lake Powell in Arizona, a sudden jolt caused an adult to lurch forward and fall on an infant's head. The baby boy was rushed to the hospital, but later died of his injuries.

William Garner was only six months old when he passed away on Monday after a houseboat accident. The family was sailing on the boat in Navajo Canyon on Sunday afternoon when an adult attempted to dock the boat in the beach area.

An adult, whose name has not been released, fell on the baby's head as the boat jolted. The families on the boat quickly called park rangers for assistance as the child’s condition after the collision was of serious concern, though not many details have been released.

The boy was transported to the Antelope Point Marina by boat as first aid workers attempted to resuscitate him and used chest compressions. Upon arrival, the Page, Arizona Fire Department assisted in transporting the baby to Page Hospital for evaluation. The baby was flown to Salt Lake City's Primary Children’s Hospital.

The hospital diagnosed William with 'major head trauma' early the next morning. He was pronounced dead soon after.

The state medical examiner and sheriff's department are launching a routine investigation into the matter. No word yet on whether any charges will be pressed, or whether any alcohol or substances were being used by the adults on the boat that day.

The baby's parents, who are from Bluffdale, Utah, are devastated and not commenting on the death of their son at this time.

The Coast Guard doesn't recommend that parents bring babies under 20 pounds on boats due to the dangers involved. Because there are no approved life jackets for infants, parents are warned that their baby may not be safe in case of an accident. Young infants in a life jacket may not be able to hold his or her head out of the water with the flotation devices.

According to BoatSmartExam.com, many parents attempt to use car seats designed for vehicles to secure babies on a boat. The website warns that this is not a safe practice; if the boat were to crash and sink, the car seat would drag the baby straight to the bottom.

A life jacket, in this case, would not have saved little William, unfortunately, nor would any seat. Parents should be holding babies tightly to them while on a boat, but never while steering. Any vehicle, be it a car, bus or boat, may cause a grown adult to lose balance when they’re standing and there is an abrupt change in speed or direction. This can be an even bigger threat if there are young children in the area, either near the adult or being held by the adult.

Source: Daily Mail
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