MIAMI, FL— August 10, 2011 – Four people, including a child, were occupying a boat that crashed into the sands of a Navarre beach and flipped over on the night of August 7. According to information provided by NWF Daily News, authorities from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are expected to conduct a full probe into the Florida boat accident.
While no serious injuries were reported following a boating accident that occurred on the Intracoastal Waterway in the Florida Panhandle, not all boat crash victims are so fortunate. According to statistical data provided by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), a total of 736 boating deaths resulted from the 4,730 recreational boating accidents that were reported during the year 2009.
Reports indicated a total of four people, one of whom was a child, were aboard a 23-foot recreational vessel when it hit a patch of sand while traveling near the shore along the Intracoastal Waterway. The boat overturned on the sand and careened approximately 20 feet on impact, temporarily trapping passengers beneath it. The boat was allegedly traveling about 40 mph when it hid the sand around 11 p.m.
Upon speaking with Navarre Beach Firefighters, the adults involved in the watercraft accident said they were able to dig their way out and then pull the child, a young boy, out. That child was ultimately transported to Sacred Heart Hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained in the Florida boating accident.
None of the other passengers aboard the crashed boat appeared to require medical attention. “It’s just amazing that nobody ended up seriously injured,” FWC’s public information officer Stan Kirkland added. Investigations into the boat wreck are underway.
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