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Recreational Boating / Personal Watercraft Accidents Archives

Boat accident during fishing event shows risks

The 2018 FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee hosted some great fishing by professionals, but it also played host to an accident between two of the boats involved in the event. Little is known about the details of the crash, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is still investigating. What we do know is that the two boats collided at an intersection, and that one of the angler's was thrown from his boat as a result of the crash. His co-angler also fell into the water.

Video shows negligent boat operator plowing into smaller vessel

An incredible video that has gone viral shows the harrowing moments before a small fishing boat was crushed by a larger motorboat. The incident was captured by a GoPro camera that was attached to the smaller fishing boat. The video shows three people enjoying a day out on the water before they realize that a large, speeding boat is approaching their vessel. They wave at it to get the operator's attention, but to no avail. They jump overboard just moments before the larger boat crushed their vessel.

Man tossed from boat, killed in accident

A 40-year-old man lost his life after his boat crashed against a sand bar near Hemp Key. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation is investigating the crash. The details released so far make it sound like the man was flung from his boat and then run over by the very vehicle he was once controlling. The crash occurred in the early evening, and it took emergency responders a long time to find the boat and access it due to shallow waters.

New Year's Day boat accident injures 4 in Sarasota

The new year is only three days old, and we already have a serious recreational boating accident in Florida that left two men and two boys with injuries. The accident occurred just before noon on New Year's Day, when a speed boat crashed and capsized in Sarasota, Florida. It is believed that rough waters played a role in the accident. A small craft advisory was put in place in the afternoon on Monday, and it continued through Tuesday night.

Your rights after a boating accident need to be protected

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a post about the recreational boat accident rate in the state of Florida. It appears that the numbers are stabilizing, and that's a good thing. However, this does not mean that boat accidents are magically better, or that there is nothing to worry about. There are still plenty of people who are suffering serious injuries every day because of a boating accident.

Another airboat crash in Florida, but this time it was fatal

About a month ago, we wrote a post about a terrible airboat accident that left 14 people with injuries. The wreck occurred here in Florida, but thankfully no one was killed in the crash. Today, though, we have a far more unfortunate airboat accident -- one that claimed two lives and left two other people with injuries.

Four people injured after powerboat flips over

It is always fun going out on the water with your new boat and enjoying a day of sun and waves. Nothing beats the feeling of some warm sunshine while being surrounded by friends on a beautiful day. However, that fun feeling can rapidly change if the operator of a boat isn't doing so in a safe manner. Unfortunately, it appears that this may have been the case in the Florida Keys recently as a new powerboat tipped over and left four people injured.

14 people injured after airboat trip goes awry

A terrible boat accident on Lake Panasoffkee in Florida left 14 people with injuries. Sumter County police are working the case, as is the Florida Wildlife and Fish Commission. Unfortunately, at this time, very little is known about the cause of the accident, though initial indications point to a mechanical failure triggering the injuries to the 14 people on the airboat.

Boat flips on sand bar, 1 killed and 2 injured

We have written about a lot of recreational boating accidents on this blog before, and every time we do, there is the realization that it will happen again. Boating accidents are common here in Florida, and mistakes out on the water are bound to happen. Sometimes freak accidents occur too, but usually human error of some kind plays a role in a boating accident -- and these wrecks can claim lives as well as forever change the ones that survive.

Some common questions about BUIs

Boating under the influence is a serious problem, and for operators of vessels who engage in this behavior, the ramifications of a BUI can be severe. By both state and federal laws, it is illegal to operate a boat while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The U.S. Coast Guard could stop you boat and check you for operating under the influence in the same manner that a police officer could pull over the driver of a vehicle on suspicion of a DUI.

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