The boat driver accused of drunk driving in a boating accident in 2009 that killed his friend pleaded guilty this Wednesday to operating a boat while intoxicated causing death. He will serve two years in prison.
The incident occurred on June 27, 2009, on the Missouri River near the Port Neal Industrial complex in rural Salix, Iowa.
Both men were heading back home after a day of drifting southbound on the river when the driver stopped to avoid a large wave. His friend, who was bent over the rail, was thrown overboard. He was submerged in the wave and died.
The guilty plea was part of a deal wherein prosecutors dropped additional charges against the man.
The incident was an unfortunate and tragic accident, but the driver did not deserve prison time for it, the killed man’s mother said.