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Is it safe to go parasailing while at the beach?

Tourists flock to sunny Florida year-round, but the greatest influx of vacationers to the Panhandle region is during the summer months. "No Vacancy" signs on beachfront motels become common as tourists crowd the beaches and spend their dollars on local entertainment.

New report cites top safety concerns when boating in Florida

Boating accidents are a common cause of injury and even death. Florida has the highest number of boating accidents by far--nearly twice as many as California, which has the second highest amount in the country. More concerning still is that boating accidents in Florida are on the rise: 2017 marked an all-time high of such tragedies.

What are some of the most common causes of Florida boat crashes?

In a little less than a week, Gulf Breeze's summer boating season will begin. While all water vessel's captains are required to know common boating etiquette and to adhere to Florida laws, many don't.

Boat accident off Davis Islands claims life of 57-year-old man

A boat accident off the shores of Davis Islands in Tampa, Florida left one person dead and five other people with injuries that were not disclosed to the public. The victim that lost his life was a 57-year-old man. The survivors were hanging onto a buoy in the water before Tampa Police air patrol dropped life preservers for them. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, along with other authorities, are investigating the crash.

Intracoastal Waterway accident leaves one seriously injured

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.

Fatal boating accident is 2nd wreck on Tampa river in week

Just one day after the authorities had to rescue a person who fell into the Little Manatee River near Tampa, Florida after his boat overturned, another accident on the river has led to the need for the investigators and deputies. This time, two boats collided in an unclear and undefined fashion, leading to one person being killed and two others requiring hospitalization for their injuries.

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.

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