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9 people OK after Florida boating accident

On behalf of Terence Gross of Gross & Schuster, P.A. posted in Offshore & Boat Accidentson Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

There are a lot of factors that can cause boat accidents. When it comes down to it, a lot of it has to do with boaters paying attention to their surroundings. That can be particularly tough to do at night. In a recent boat accident just offshore in Clearwater, three people suffered from non-life threatening injuries. The investigation of the crash was ongoing and was being handled by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.

According to media sources, nine people were riding on a 21-foot pleasure craft when it crashed into a jetty in Clearwater Pass. According to the United States Coast Guard, the boat was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit the jetty. At the point of impact, three individuals on the vessel were thrown into the water.

After the crash, a person from another vessel alerted the Coast Guard of the boat accident in the middle of the night. All nine of the passengers were sitting on the jetty when the Coast Guard arrived and were taken to Station Sand Key. Some of the injured were taken to Largo Medical Center, while others were reportedly treated Morton Plant Hospital, according to the Coast Guard.

Currently it is unknown as to why the 21-foot boat crashed into the jetty, although according to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission investigators, the person operating the boat passed a sobriety test, but was cited for not keeping a proper lookout.

The accident could have been worse; it’s lucky more people weren’t hurt.

Source: Patch.com, “Nine survive early morning boat crash,” Katie Dolac, May 27, 2012

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