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.
The captain of the boat that was rammed into told deputies that the other pilot aimed for the middle of his boat where his passengers were sitting and after it was hit, the vessel filled with water; raising concerns that it might sink. The captain alleges that he was also punched in the head.
The man accused of the attack is behind bars at Naples Jail Center after being arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and reckless operation of a vessel.
Whether it’s behind the wheel of a car – or a boat – enraged and out-of-control drivers can cause damage, injury, and death. If you have been the victim of a Florida boating accident, call (800) 533-3555. The Naples boat accident attorneys at Farah & Farah will work to ensure that you get compensated for any damages or injuries resulting from the irresponsible actions of another driver.