Hopefully no one was injured. I feel sorry for the owner and its not to say accidents don't happen, but surely this could have been avoided with some common sense and research of the current lake conditions before this outing that ended in disaster. Before I go out on our local lakes I'll look at the previous 48 hours of lake levels and generation that is provided by our power district, TVA. They even have an iPhone app to pull up levels from 3 surrounding states. If water is dropping, I obviously know I need to exercise caution and possibly revert to a lake map to check for submerged rock piles, sand bars, etc.
When I was younger I didn't pay much attention to lake navigation, weather or lake information. If i was in an unknown area of a lake, I just relied on my depth finder. Luckily I never ended up like this guy. Now I keep a constant eye on weather and lake levels because I bass fish and need to know about river current and water level as it effects the spots where I'll fish. Fishing out of my friends' bass boat with top of the line electronics has helped me learn so much about the same waters I navigate my wake boat in. To me, these new boats with GPS speed control and full screens in the dash should have GPS chart plotting built in with SD card slots so you can update lake maps. I've even thought about putting a 5inch GPS device in my wake boat on a suction cup ram mount on the drivers side windshield. It may be a little overkill for some, but for around $400 you can get a pretty nice GPS unit that doesn't rely on cell phone service to pull up maps from all over the US.