Category: Boating Accidents
With Florida’s tourism season comes our busiest days on the water. We all must be diligent in protecting our passengers and others on our beautiful waters.
As we enter our busiest season, many tourists will be enjoying boating on our waters. We feel it is important to remind boaters that boating under the influence is not only illegal but dangerous.
The FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) released its 2017 boating statistics in June 2018. The statistics showed that Florida had 766 boating accidents with 67 deaths. Lee County and Collier County each had 43 and 31 accidents respectively.
Forecasted and sudden storms are part of Florida’s weather pattern in the summer months. The sun may be out one minute and a storm can roll in quickly. Boat operators must be particularly mindful of current and potential weather conditions.
The 2017 Boating Accident Statistical Report was issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Wednesday, May 16. In its press release, FWC reported that there was nearly a 14 percent increase in accidents during 2017.
On Sunday, January 14, 2018 a ferry boat, which was carrying passengers to a casino ship off the Florida Gulf Coast, caught fire. Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse of the U.S. Coast Guard said that investigators will determine a cause for Sunday night's fire and will examine the history of the boat and the company, Tropical Breeze Casino.
Many people find boat racing to be an exhilarating sport. The boats are often flashy, high-tech and can race across the waves. With this ability comes danger. Those operating the boats have to be careful because just one maneuvering mistake could lead to disaster.
It is no surprise that Florida leads the nation in boating accidents because Florida has the highest number of registered boats in the United States. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida reported 671 boating accidents in 2016, the most in the United States.
Florida has the second largest coastline in the United States (at 1,350 miles) and extensive freshwater river and lake systems throughout the state. In conjunction with yearlong warm weather, this makes Florida the premier destination for recreational boating in the nation, but it also creates an environment ripe for boating accidents. In a 2015 report conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, Florida was found to have the largest number of registered recreational boating...
A trip to the beach will reveal that Florida has many PWCs (personal watercraft), and the numbers are growing. With this growth, we can expect accidents to occur which cause injuries and even, on occasion, fatalities.