By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Charlestown, Massachusetts, man is suing the owner of a boat for negligence and action for a broken neck and paralysis he sustained when he dove off his boat on the Sanbornton sandbar in Lake Winnisquam on Sept. 1, 2013.
Samual Brown contends he was invited to Hugh Shaffer's second home in Sanbornton by Shaffer's daughter, and was told they were going boating at the sandbar where they could go swimming. The sandbar is a low-water spot in Lake Winnisquam in Sanbornton that can be seen from the Mosquito Bridge. It is a popular boating and swimming stop.
The paperwork, obtained from the Belknap County Superior Court, says Brown had never been to the sandbar before.
Once they arrived, Brown said Shaffer asked him for help with the anchor. Brown said he had never set an anchor before and was not shown how to do so by Shaffer.
He said Shaffer told him to jump into the water as Shaffer slowed the boat. When the boat slowed, Brown claims that Shaffer allowed him to dive off the front of the boat, where he struck the sandbar.
Brown said Shaffer was negligent and unlawfully allowed him to dive off a moving boat.
He is asking for full damages as allowed by law for injuries suffered, past and future medical bills, emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of opportunity. He is also seeking attorney fees and court costs.