Three men were doing a photoshoot when they all fell out of their 24-foot-long boat, leaving the vessel unmanned. According to a Facebook post from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and coverage from CNN and Fox 29, the incident took place on the St. Lucie River and was partially caught on video.
Passengers aboard the boat say the vessel circled them several times, causing them to dive underwater to avoid being hit. Eventually, the boat straightened out and sped toward the concrete docks near the 1500 block of St. Lucie Boulevard.
The boat made impact with one dock, flew into the air, then hit a second. When the boat came to a stop on the beach, it had a large hole in the bow. Fortunately, the vessel’s occupants were able to swim to a nearby sailboat, and only one of them was injured.
With an unmanned, out of control boat, the accident could have been much worse. The men operating the boat had a responsibility to keep the vehicle under control, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating the cause of the accident.
Reminder About Boat Safety
As the summer winds down, boat safety remains a crucial part of enjoying Florida waterways. Remember to check the weather before heading out, wear a life jacket, and boat carefully.
Never drive a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol and always have an emergency plan in place.
If you are injured by a negligent boater, remember that Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC can help you recover.
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