Florida Boating Accident Attorneys
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials recently closed their investigation into one of two fatal boating accidents and found that excessive speed and a boater’s inexperience were contributing factors. The 53-year-old victim of one of the accidents died from injuries after being ejected from his watercraft and struck by another during a boating exhibition on Lake Dora. The fatal accident occurred on March 17 during the Classic Raceboat Association’s annual Spring Thunder Regatta. The victim was operating his speedboat when it struck the water at a dangerous angle, throwing him from his vessel. He was struck a few seconds later by a nearby boat and died instantly from his injuries.
Accident investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) are investigating a Florida boating accident that claimed the life of one man and critically injured a woman. They say the 41-year-old man and 45-year-old woman were southbound in the Intracoastal Waterway near Hollywood around 1:40 a.m. recently when their boat crashed into a seawall head-on. The impact split the boat’s hull in half, pinning the man against the seawall and hurling the woman into the water. The crash occurred in an area marked as a no wake zone, where boats are expected to travel slowly and operators are supposed to exercise extra caution.
A Middleburg man convicted of reckless boating in connection with a boating accident that killed two teens has been sentenced to serve 18 days in jail, or time served since his arrest in February. The man pleaded no contest to the reckless boating charges and was facing up to one year in jail. He cried in court when his sentence was handed down and walked from the courtroom a free man after time served fulfilled sentencing requirements. He said that the crash had destroyed his life and is a cautionary tale for boaters everywhere as one of his victims was the man’s own son.