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One killed in Destin after boat spins out of control

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

As we highlighted on the blog recently, boating accidents are on the rise in Florida. The state unfortunately has the highest tally of fatal boat crashes in the country. Sadly, a weekend accident in Destin has added to the tally.

Two couples – one married, one engaged – were riding in a speed boat near Crab Island in the late afternoon on Saturday. As the boat cruised along, for some reason it spun out of control. All four people riding in the boat were ejected and hit the water.

People who happened to be nearby managed to pull three of the victims (two of them women) safely to shore. One of the men, however, never surfaced. The accident occurred at a depth of about 10 to 13 feet, and authorities began searching for him. Sadly, his body was found over two hours later, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The conditions of the other boaters were not released, but two of them were taken to a local hospital. At this time, it’s not clear if the accident happened due to driver error or if the boat, which is about 30 feet long, malfunctioned somehow.

The identities of the boaters were not available immediately after the accident, but the information provided does mean that the victim was either engaged or married. That leaves a tough road for those he leaves behind. As the spokesperson for the FFWCC says, “Boating fatalities affect not only the victim but the survivors as well.”

Source: Fox 10 TV, “One killed in boating accident,” Cory Pippin, Aug. 12, 2012

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