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Boat accident sends 3 to the hospital in Miami

A boat accident in Miami, Florida left three people with injuries that required hospitalization. Details are a little fuzzy at the moment, but it appears that the boat crashed into a channel marker by the 79th Street Causeway. Emergency responders found the three people on board with serious injuries, including a 14-year-old boy with severe head lacerations. They were all taken aboard a fire rescue boat. One good Samaritan apparently helped one of the people out of the water and back on to their original boat.

Fatal boat accident in Niceville is under investigation

A boating accident in Niceville, Florida left one person dead and two other people with injuries. The accident happened in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 20. It appears that two people were sitting on the bow of a boat when the 34-year-old operator of that boat asked them to get into actual seats on the boat. It was at this moment that the boat struck a large, red channel marker, causing serious damage to the vessel and sending people flying.

Cruise ship accidents can have horrible effects

Imagine boarding a cruise ship as you prepare to enjoy a long vacation. The wonder of the vessel and being out on the high seas fills you with excitement. You've been waiting for this trip to come around for a long time, and now that it's finally here, you don't think anything could derail this moment. But shortly after the cruise ship sets sail, an incident does exactly that -- the trip is derailed.

Runaway boat injures 10 people, damages docks

A boat accident in Indiana shows why practicing good boating behavior and being responsible out on the water is essential to having a fun time out on the water and keeping everyone safe. The accident occurred on a lake where a 20-year-old was piloting a recreational boat. The young man was intoxicated, and in his altered state of mind he made a poor decision: he entered a turn at a high speed.

4 steps to take after a boating accident

The blue waters of the gulf, coupled with the white sandy beaches, bring millions of tourists to the Gulf Coast every year. While there are a lot of great recreational activities to enjoy in this part of the country, there's always the risk of accident that we all need to be aware of.

FFWCC: 20 percent jump in boating fatalities in Florida last year

"I liken it to car crashes because, in my view after 25 years as an officer, inattention is probably a causal factor in the overwhelming majority of car crashes," says a former police officer who suffered head and neck injuries in a 2005 boating accident.

Coast Guard report shows rising boating accidents across nation

A report from the U.S. Coast Guard shows that boating accidents and deaths in relation to boating accidents are on the rise. This is a particularly serious problem here in Florida, as our state leads the nation in boating accidents. In 2014, there were 581 boating accidents in the state of Florida. Just two years later, in 2016, that number skyrocketed to 684 boating accidents.

Two boats collide on Intracoastal Waterway

Two boats crashed into each other on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, leaving two people with life threatening injuries and two others with injuries that were not life threatening, but nonetheless required hospitalization. The recreational boating accident is still under investigation, but what is clear at this time is that the people riding in the two boats knew each other and were riding together.

Jet ski accident leaves man unconscious

A jet ski accident in Miami Beach left one person unconscious and another embodying the term "Good Samaritan" as he drove his boat to the injured jet skier and brought him aboard. The accident happened in the middle of the day and there are few answers right now as to how or why this accident occurred. What we do know is that the unconscious victim was also with a friend, who signaled to boaters in the area that they were in need of help. The unconscious victim was taken to a hospital, and his condition is not known.

Flying safely among the clouds: A look at the White-Miskell Act

Every summer, tourists flock to Florida's picturesque beaches in droves. While most are perfectly content to enjoy the beaches from the ground, parasailing offers thrill-seeking vacationers an opportunity to enjoy the sights from the air. Unfortunately, the parasailing industry in Florida has a tragic safety record.

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