Did they find the boat that hit him? The people with the boat were most likely negligent.
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As I understand your question it is: Your husband drowned, not because he was hit by a boat, but for some other reason and you are concerned that after he was dead a boat mutilated his body because the lake was not closed until his body could be recovered.
This really boils down to whether a reasonable county lake manager would have closed the lake until his body was recovered. This would probably be a jury question with the county making various arguments. Without knowing what the county would argue it is hard to assess the claim but I think it has potential.
You will need to contact a local attorney where the accident happened. In many states, suing a government entity requires notification to the government entity soon after the claim arises.
I am sorry for your loss.
It is difficult to give an accurate evaluation of your case based on the limited information provided. I recommend contacting an experienced attorney who could evaluate all the facts and help determine your next best course of action. You are always welcome to call for a free evaluation/consultation.
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