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Fort De Soto Park Boating Accident Leaves One Man with Serious Injuries

Posted on September 4, 2012

Investigators for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) are investigating a boating accident that resulted in one man being rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. Although details of the boating accident are still sketchy, FWC has described the boating accident as being “alcohol-related.”

According to FWC, at about 6 p.m. on August 31, a 20-foot Mako boat with five men onboard was traveling near the Bunces Pass when it crashed into a navigational marker. One of the men onboard was seriously injured and had to be transported to Bayfront Medical Center. Authorities didn’t describe the extent of the victim’s injuries, but the latest word is that he is in critical condition at the hospital.

FWC officials confiscated the boat and channel marker and the investigation continues.

So far this year, FWC has reported 38 boating accidents fatalities. In 2011, alcohol or drug use played a role in 15 percent of boating fatalities. Disturbingly, while the number of registered boats in Florida has actually decreased over the past four years, the number of accidents and injuries has increased. In 2011, there were 67 boating fatalities and 431 injuries.

Whether on land or on sea, negligent or impaired driving can result in life-altering injuries and even death. If you’ve been injured in a watercraft, you will need the experience a Pinellas County boat accident attorney at Farah & Farah can offer. Our firm will work around the clock to see that you recover fair compensation for your personal injury. Call us at (800) 533-3555. As always, your call and your consultation are free.