Man alleges test-cruise injuries in lawsuit


A Port St. Lucie, Fla. man filed a lawsuit against two boat dealers and a boat captain for injuries he says occurred during a test cruise.

In the lawsuit filed last week, Kevin Cope says he was with two business partners June 27, 2008 on a sea trial of a boat the partners were considering buying, according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel.

Cope, who described himself in the lawsuit as a "very inexperienced boater," said he was told by boat captain Kevin Cates to sit on the bow of the 27-foot World Cat 270SD catamaran bow rider, while Randy Stringer and David Bradley sat in the stern.

Cope, who says he was not warned to brace himself, was thrown in the air. He landed back on the boat and suffered injuries he says have required two surgeries.

The suit seeks unspecified damages from Stuart Yacht Sales, Boaters Exchange of Rockledge and Cates.

The dealers declined comment.

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