FWC Expected to Investigate Melbourne Airboat Crash That Injured 4 People

MIAMI, FL—A violent airboat crash on the St. John’s River in Melbourne, Fla. left four accident victims with various injuries. According to information provided by the Brevard Times, the boating accident appeared to have occurred in close proximity to the Sweetwater Boat Ramp on the evening of Feb. 7.

A boater called 911 after the airboat he/she was on struck a tree on the St. John’s River at approximately 7:12 p.m. Reports indicated one of the four boaters involved in the watercraft accident—a man in his 50s—was ultimately ejected from the airboat, which flipped over on impact of the tree. That man was said to be the most seriously injured victim.

Officials and personnel from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, and Camp Holley Fish Camp made use of airboats to respond to the scene of the boating accident. Four airboat crash victims were transported to Melbourne-based Holmes Regional Medical Center to be treated for their injuries.

Statistical data provided by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) indicated 668 boat accidents occurred during the year 2010. Those boat crashes and accidents resulted in 79 boating deaths and 389 injuries. Statistics suggest Florida has more boating accidents than any other state in the nation.


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