Tragedy struck for a family whose child was in Key West on the afternoon of Sunday, September 2nd, after the 15-year-old was killed while swimming in the temperate waters of the Florida Keys. While the boating accident is still very much under investigation, at the time of this writing we do know many of the primary facts that exist in relation to the incident.
A tragic jet ski accident claimed the life of a local teenager this past Sunday afternoon when his personal watercraft crashed into the boat docks on Lake Whitney, a private community nestled in the heart of Windermere, Florida.
Almost two weeks ago, Kayler and his friend, Kisiah, entered a fishing tournament in the town of South Bay. The tournament, which traditionally takes place at Lake Okeechobee and is hosted by the Fishing League Worldwide, attracts scores of people hoping to catch prize-winning angler fish. Kayler and Kisiah set out into the lake using Kisiah’s boat. At the end of the day, after all the other individuals who had competed in the competition were accounted for at the weigh-in spot located at C. Scott Driver Recreational Area, it became apparent that neither Kayler nor Kisiah had returned. A search was launched which included scores of officers with the Clewiston Police Department as well as volunteers using boats to comb the area for the two men.
Emergency response teams and wildlife officials were dispatched to Lake Panasoffkee in Sumter County early Tuesday morning in order to rescue fifteen people aboard an airboat after it suffered a mechanical failure and crashed into a cypress knee that was partially submerged in the water.
Celebrated every year on the first Monday of September, Labor Day was made a national holiday in 1894, and is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.”
On July 4th, several Orlando men were enjoying the sunshine and the spirit of celebration while on a personal watercraft on Lake Butler when their vessel overturned. The accident threw all three men into the water, although all remained alive and well at this time. According to the initial statement about the incident, the boat overturned as the three men were attempting to make a turn in the popular Orange County lake. This reportedly occurred around 7:45 in the evening. While the men were able to ultimately right the watercraft, one of them became submerged for reasons that were not immediately clear. Witnesses to the incident managed to reach the three men and retrieve the sinking man. They pulled him to shore and, after finding him unresponsive, began to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
In the middle of Orlando’s Lake Hiawassee, around 4:00 on Sunday afternoon, an overturned boat was discovered. After the boat was reached and righted by the Orlando Police Department, they discovered a good amount of fishing equipment still inside of the hold. After a lengthy search that included a team of divers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the authorities were able to uncover a wallet and several personal items that belonged to a man. According to the report, the police search also discovered a truck parked nearby that they believe was used to launch the overturned boat. Furthermore, it is believed that this car belongs to a second man.
Last Friday afternoon, an incident in Brevard County landed several people in hospitals, one who was admitted as a trauma alert. According to the official statement from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, several different agencies became involved after an airboat traveling along the St. Johns River crashed and rolled over close to State Road 50, just at the county line of Brevard and Orange Counties. The accident was reported around 1:00 in the afternoon, after which a helicopter from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, members from the Brevard County Fire Rescue service, and the U.S. Coast Guard all began to search the area of the St. Johns river for the capsized boat.
On Tuesday, a couple who were boating close to New Smyrna Beach during the evening hours, hit a sandbar. The U.S. Coast Guard were alerted to the situation around 6:00 in the evening and immediately dispatched a 29-foot boat that is used exclusively for nautical rescues. According to the official report of the incident, the Coast Guard were assisted by a team from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation agency as well as the Edgewater Police Department.
A four-person family were returning in their boat from a dinner out on Friday night when their boat crashed and capsized in the Indian River, close to where the Hubert Humphrey Bridge crosses over the water. Cocoa Police’s Public Information Officer, Yvonne Martinez, the accident was reported around 10:40pm. The calls that began flooding the 911 response center, a boat had capsized in the river and several people were thought to be in the water.