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The boat accident injury attorneys at Farah & Farah in Florida have learned that a two boat accident in Bulls Bay near Boca Grande has injured two men – one of them was listed in critical condition.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) received a report that the two boats -one operated by a local fishing guide, and another boat operated by a Port Charlotte man – collided after the two boats, traveling in opposite directions, entered the same cut through between two small islands in the bay.

According to FWC, both boats were traveling about 30 mph when the drivers of both boats took evasive action to avoid the collision. Although a head-on crash was avoided, the two boats still struck each other, with the “brunt of the collision” being absorbed by one passenger in the fishing guide’s boat. He was thrown in the water and suffered head injuries and a shattered pelvis.

The captain of the fishing boat also suffered head injuries and could not relay his position to rescue authorities. Luckily, a heads up officer from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office marine division guessed where they might be and found them.
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A Palm Beach County jury has found a Deerfield Beach man guilty of a BUI (boating under the influence) manslaughter charge and vessel homicide in a 2010 fatal boating accident that claimed the life of a 31-year-old Boynton Beach man.

According to the Assistant State Attorney who prosecuted the case, the man driving the boat had been drinking at the Tavern Eros in Delray Beach when he invited a brother and sister on a late-night speedboat joyride with him.

“It was a horrible, reckless decision” for the man to operate the boat, the prosecutor told The South Florida Sun Sentinel.
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boat_3984982.jpgDespite the fact that boat registration had actually declined in Florida, the state saw an increase in boating accidents from 2010 to 2011.

And once again, Monroe County held the dubious honor of sitting atop the heap of Florida’s most dangerous counties for boating. The county saw a 20 percent surge in reportable boat accidents (93) over 2010 figures, according to a report issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Miami-Dade County came in second with 75 accidents. Overall, the state logged 742 reportable boating accidents and 67 deaths in 2011. Of those accidents, 313 involved boats hitting other boats or stationary objects.
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It’s an all too familiar scenario: One driver cuts off another, the other driver takes exception and retaliates and the whole incident spins dangerously out of control. Typical Road Rage, right? Well, not exactly. This situation played out on the waters near Everglades City, Florida between two airboat captains who were piloting Everglades tour boats with passengers aboard.

According to Collier County Sheriff deputies, passengers recorded the entire incident in which the captain of Captain Doug’s Everglade Tours – allegedly angered that another captain piloting an airboat for Everglades Island Boat Tours passed too close to him -turned his boat around and rammed the other vessel.

What transpired then was like something out of a bad television show. The enraged captain who had done the ramming then reached in and grabbed the other pilot by the shirt, an altercation ensued, they both lost balance and ended up flailing into the water – splattering visibly upset passengers with mud and water.
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A widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida against the producer and two medical directors of the Key West Super Boat World Championship after her husband, a veteran racer, drowned in an accident during a race.

The suit is alleging gross negligence in the death of the competitor who drowned in November of 2011 after the 38-foot catamaran he was piloting overturned. The victim could not free himself from the boat’s harness system and the emergency hatch shut as it sank, trapping him inside. Although he did have an emergency air supply, the oxygen had run out before rescue divers were able to reach and free him.

The suit goes on to allege that the victim was alive and uninjured just after the crash, but what should have been a routine and successful rescue was botched by the inexperienced, untrained, and ill-equipped volunteer divers sent to free him. The complaint goes on to state that rescue personnel weren’t allowed to conduct pre-safety inspections and that the producer and two medical directors had done nothing to shore up emergency response policies even after two racers had drowned two days earlier during the event’s opener.
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A 65-year-old Ponte Vedra, Florida woman was hospitalized on Saturday, April 16, after the boat she was a passenger in slammed into a dock along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Florida Times-Union reports the dock was located at 75 S. Roscoe Road in St. Johns County behind a vacant house and the accident occurred at almost the same location of a fatal boating accident two years ago that killed five people.

The woman sustained head injuries from the collision of the 1999 Vessel powerboat with the dock around 2:45 p.m. First responders found her husband at the scene and the boat wedged under the dock. She was taken to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville for treatment of her injuries. The newspaper reports her husband was not injured in the Florida boating accident.
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Students at Middleburg High School in Clay County had grief counselors on campus Tuesday, February 22, one day after two students were killed in a boating accident on Black Creek, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators report that a 17-year-old male was sitting next to a 15-year-old female on the bow of the 18-foot boat, moving at a good rate of speed, when they collided with a low hanging tree branch that struck the teens in the chest and head. Channel 4 reports that the father of the male teen had turned around to retrieve a fuel pump when he lost control of the boat which veered toward the north bank, a few miles east of the County Road 209 bridge.

The father was reported by the station to have been hospitalized and released.
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A jet skiing accident in Florida has taken the life of a top Brooklyn rabbinical student. The 21-year-old man and a member of a prominent family of Crown Heights rabbis, was killed Sunday, May 2, in Tampa Bay after a friend slammed his jet ski into him. Tampa police say that considerable speed was involved in the crash on the north side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. According to an NY Post article, the man was knocked into the water and pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital. His friend, who is living in Miami on a student visa, was driving the other watercraft. Tampa Police, through a spokeswoman, said if someone is recklessly driving a personal watercraft (PWC) that could constitute a crime. The state attorney’s office is considering charges.

Our condolences go out to the very large family of this man who was about to be ordained as a rabbi and has a large circle of friends, family and admirers.
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If you’ve got the boat ready for a weekend on the water, the Coast Guard has a warning for you- Wear a Life Jacket!

The Coast Guard says the July 4th holiday is the deadliest holiday for boaters, so they and Florida Fish and Wildlife units will be out patrolling the waterways this Independence Day holiday in 12-hour shifts, according to a report.

For the same reason you wear a seat belt in a car, a life jacket is a must when there are more people boating, especially at night when it’s difficult to see. Not everyone is likely to be paying attention with the fireworks going off, so it’s always a good idea to have a second observer paying attention to where you are going and looking for any hazards in the water.
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The Coast Guard and Navy responded to the distress call from a 22-foot boat Friday afternoon. The four people aboard the boat reported they were sinking about 10 miles off the coast of Jacksonville. According to a story, Mayport’s Coast Guard Station sent a 47-foot rescue boat to the scene to help the boaters as their vessel was taking on water. Luckily no one suffered any personal injuries due to this incident.

This reminds us of similar scenes that are repeated often off Florida’s coast. A sudden storm pops up and rain and lightning hamper a quick return by the boaters. It is mandatory to know the weather before leaving the dock.

In this case, the engine broke off the boat, so time was of the essence.
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