A 23-year-old man was boating with two other young men when a moment’s inattention led to a shocking boat accident. Randy Carroll fell out of the boat when the driver left the controls momentarily to turn off the radio. The boat accident occurred around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday on the Homosassa River.
After the skipper left the wheel to adjust the radio, the boat took an abrupt turn to the right, causing Carroll to fall into the water. His legs were then run over by the boat’s propeller and were nearly amputated, according to officials.
The emergency call came in at approximately 9:00 p.m. from the Homosassa Channel. Florida Fish and Wildlife officials said the three people in the boat were all from Homosassa. Neither the skipper nor the other passenger, both young men in their 20’s, were injured.
Carroll was airlifted by medical helicopter to Tampa General Hospital, but his condition has not been released by the hospital.
- “Citrus County: Man badly injured in boating accident” (WLCY-TV, Tampa Bay, Florida, June 10, 2010)
- “Man’s legs hurt by boat propeller in Homosassa River” (WTVT Fox 13, Tampa Bay, Florida, June 10, 2010)