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Recreational boat accident under investigation

A man and a woman were left with injuries, with one of them suffering what potentially could be serious injuries, after their 24-foot boat crashed into a private dock. The boat accident occurred over the weekend in Niceville, Florida, and investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are looking into the crash. At this time, there isn't a definitive cause.

But what we do know is that the recreational vessel was operating in shallow water at the time of the crash. We also know that the crash occurred around 8 p.m. on Saturday. Given these two factors, you immediately have to start thinking about negligent operation on the part of the boat operator, possibly involving speeding or even operation of the vessel under the influence of alcohol.

But that is just speculation at this point. In reference to those two point, it is important for all boaters in the state of Florida to refrain from operating a vessel if they have consumed alcohol. That puts your life at risk, as well as the lives of everyone else out on the water with you. It also makes you liable for any accident that you may cause or with which you are involved. Be safe and sober out on the water.

The other lesson from this story is to know your water zones. Certain areas have speed restrictions and other rules that you must obey. If you operate a recreational boat, then you need to know what the zones are and what rules pertain to them.

Source: nwfdailynews.com, "Two injured after boat accident," Kelly Humphrey, March 12, 2017

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