Man Killed Crashing Personal Watercraft After Dark

A man was killed in a boating accident over Labor Day Weekend near Miami’s Venetian Causeway Bridge. According to reports, the victim was speeding on a personal watercraft and collided with a 22-foot boat just after 10 p.m.

A Sea Tow operator heard the crash and saw two men in the water, one unconscious. The operator pulled the watercraft operator from the water and took him to the Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center, where several men performed CPR but were unable to resuscitate him.

It is illegal to operate a personal watercraft after dark. The larger boat was carrying a family and traveling at a low speed, according to witnesses.

“They [the family in the boat] were going at a slow rate of speed and all of a sudden, they felt a huge collision and realized there was somebody almost impaled on the front of the vessel,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer Jorge Pino.

Please visit our website for more information on boating accidents, and contact our firm for a free consultation if you or a loved one have been injured.

Wooten Kimbrough,P.A.—Orlando boat accident attorneys.



One Response to Man Killed Crashing Personal Watercraft After Dark

  1. This is another unfortunate tragedy, and Florida actually led the country in boating and watercraft accidents in 2011. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), last year there were 742 boating and watercraft accidents, leading to 67 fatalities and 431 injuries. The number of water fatalities in Florida could be greatly reduced through education—the FWC reported that only 51 percent of the operators involved in accidents had formal boater education.

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