WCVB in Boston reports 1 person died and 3 injured when their 20′ pleasure boat capsized off of Provincetown, Massachusetts on October 8, 2010. A distress call was received after 9 in the morning and the Coast Guard immediately dispatched a rescue vessel to the area. The Coast Guard found the three boaters floating in the 61 degree water about a mile of Race Point. Two were conscious and wearing life jackets. The third was unresponsive and was taken to Cape Cod Hospital. There he was later pronounced dead.
There are several reasons why a recreational boat could capsize. The Most common causes are improper handling (human error) and improper design. If you would like to learn more about the similar boat accidents and associated legal claims under maritime law, feel free to read the following article: