A Florida man needed to be taken to the hospital after his boat crashed into a dock on the Intracoastal Waterway. Another person was on the boat and checked out for injuries, but it does not appear that this individual was harmed. One of the two people was thrown from the boat and rescued from the water.

In terms of details, this is all we know about the accident. On the one hand, the above description is all that really needs to be said about any boating accident. These crashes are incredibly dangerous regardless of the circumstances, and the victims of the accident can suffer life-changing or life-ending injuries. On the other hand, the details of every boat accident are going to be slightly different, and those intricacies  play a crucial role in the investigation and post-accident report about the crash.

In addition to this though, the operators of any water vessel — may it be a recreational boat, a jet ski, or a larger vessel — need to operate their vehicle in a safe and proper manner. This includes when the captains are taking their boat near waterway, docks, or other zones and areas that have special rules and regulations to ensure safety. The operators have to be aware of these rules and respect them.

It is unknown at this time if any rules were violated in this particular case, but there will certainly be an investigation into it.

Source: Miami Herald, “One transported to hospital after boat crash on the Intracoastal,” David J. Neal, March 15, 2018