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Florida Teenager Killed in Lake Whitney Jet Ski Accident

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on February 13, 2018

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. Read the rest »

Body of Missing Man Found in Lake Okeechobee

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on January 14, 2018

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. Read the rest »

Airboat Accident Injures Fourteen on Lake Panasoffkee

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on October 25, 2017

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 »

Staying Safe in Florida this Labor Day Weekend

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on September 4, 2017

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 »

Name Released of Man Killed in Florida Boating Accident

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 »

Two Men Disappear in Orlando’s Lake Hiawassee

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 »

Airboat Capsizes along Orange County Line

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 »

Two Injured When Boat Crashes into New Smyrna Beach Sandbar

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 »

Family Hospitalized After Boat Crash in Indian River

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on August 24, 2016

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 »

Watercraft Accident in Miami Leaves One Dead, Two Injured


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.


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