Millions of tourists come to Florida each year to enjoy a host of recreational activities on the gulf, including boating, fishing, jet skiing, parasailing, scuba diving and yachting. Most visitors end returning home with a great tan and even better memories.
Imagine being on a recreational boat for what feels like the millionth time. You have experience boating and you've seen many different dangerous situations before, but you've always managed to save the situation in some way. But on this day, the conditions simply are too much for you, or your boat, to handle. As a result, you are wound up in a serious boat accident.
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.
About a month ago we wrote a post about college fishing teammates for the University of Florida surviving a scary-looking recreational boat accident after a mechanical failure tossed them into the water. Today, we have another recreational boating accident that occurred in Florida that ended happily. This story involves a boating accident that occurred off the shore of Naples, Florida.
Incredible video has surfaced of two members of the University of Florida bass fishing team being flung from their vessel at roughly 60 miles per hour due to a mechanical failure in the boat. While traveling at these fast speeds in a straight line, the boat suddenly experienced a steering part failure, and you can see the operator of the boat struggle to control the boat and keep it going in that straight line. Soon after wobbling off its course, the boat spins out and sharply tosses the two riders into the water. Thankfully, both the individuals who were flung from the boat were okay.
All along the Gulf Coast, people enjoy riding personal watercraft, which most people refer to as jet skis. Their relative affordability, ease of use and low maintenance costs have made jet skis popular among watercraft enthusiasts.
A day out on a yacht sounds like paradise. It almost seems like a luxurious vacation day that could only happen in a movie. And yet, there are plenty of people all across Florida that own yachts and treat their friends and loved ones to a day out on their vessel. As pristine as these yachts may seem, they can also cause problems for innocent people if an accident occurs.
In the state of Florida, recreational boating is a massive hobby and lifestyle that many people love. Really any coastal state will see a robust recreational boating community, and many inland states have such communities too. Being out on the water and enjoying a sunny afternoon is a privilege, and those who fully embrace this are certainly content with their decision.
The following recreational boat accident didn't happen here in Florida, but given the circumstances of the accident, there are lessons to be learned regardless of location. In this accident, a man and his two children were on a recreational boat. They were bringing the boat back in to the harbor where the vessel needs to be docked. However, on their approach, they streamed through a surfing area and caught a wave.
It has been impossible to escape the headlines all across the country in the last few days. Jose Fernandez, one of the great young pitchers in baseball for the Miami Marlins, died in a boating accident last weekend. The 24-year-old was on a recreational boat with two other people when the boat struck a jetty. All three people on the boat were killed in the accident. The crash is under investigation, and at this time it is unknown if alcohol was involved in the crash, though initial reports indicate that it was not involved.