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. Read the rest »
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.” Read the rest »
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. Read the rest »
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. Read the rest »
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. Read the rest »
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. Read the rest »
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. Read the rest »
A weekend watercraft accident near Pace Picnic Island in Miami has left a 25 year old man dead and two others seriously injured.
A local news station reported that Jorge Rizo was using his personal watercraft in Biscayne Bay, just north of the Venetian Causeway, when things spiraled out of control. According to eye witnesses, Rizo had his jet ski going in circles at a very high rate of speed. After about four or five circles, he lost control and looked as if he lost his bearings and didn’t know where he was. He soon thereafter hit a channel marker.
Upon impact, Rizo was thrown out of the boat. Although several people in the area jumped into the water to rescue Rizo, by the time he was pulled to shore he was unconscious and did not have a heartbeat. He also had visible lacerations on the left side of his head.
Miami paramedics soon arrived and were able to get the victim’s heart beating again following CPR. However, he subsequently had a heart attack and was pronounced dead at the Jackson Memorial Hospital.
According to medical reports, the other two injured victims were treated at Jackson Memorial and are expected to survive.
What to do if you are injured in a Florida jet ski accident
As Florida is a popular destination for boating and other water sports, accidents like these are an unfortunately all too familiar occurrence. As can be seen here, what started off as a fun recreational and relaxing day on the water can quickly spiral into a disaster.
When tragedy strikes, you need an experienced Florida personal injury attorney at your side. The Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. has been representing injured boaters and water skiers for several decades, helping ensure they get the compensation they deserve. In fact, did you know that you may be legally entitled to compensation not only for your physical injuries, but also for any loss of ability to work?
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a Florida boating accident call the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. at 1-877-FL-INJURY and schedule your free initial consultation today.
A boating accident in Wilton Manors earlier this month claimed the life of a Florida teen and left five others with serious injuries. According to authorities the group of six teens were aboard a 13 foot Boston Whaler boat the night of August 13th, when they struck a low lying bridge on the Middle River near Wilton Manors. The accident occurred around midnight, in an area with extremely low visibility. Family and friends say the teens were out observing a meteor shower. Residents in the area saw the teens out on the water earlier in the day, and said they seemed to be exploring the area. Once the daylight faded, the unfamiliarity of the area proved fatal.
Typically the Fourth of July weekend is the perfect storm for boating accidents in Florida. However, this year law enforcement officers are reporting a decrease in the number of reported accidents – a result they claim is due to increased preventative measures.