Two Injured in Florida Boating Crash Suspected to Have Involved Alcohol Impairment
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, FL. – According to an online news report posted at wtsp.com, two people were injured in a Florida boating crash that is suspected to have involved alcohol impairment. The crash happened at Indian Rocks Beach, and authorities say that one person was placed under arrest.*
The accident happened in the early evening on the Intercoastal Waterway by 12th Avenue in Pinellas County, Florida. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and WTSP report that at about 5 p.m., a Yamaha boat was headed south with six people on board, including the driver. The 23-foot boat was reportedly headed toward a Grady White boat that had three people on board, including the driver.
The driver of the Grady White said he saw the Yamaha coming toward him, and he attempted to veer his 21-foot boat out of the way, but a crash could not be avoided. The Yamaha reportedly crashed into the back of the Grady White, which ripped the outboard motor off of the watercraft and exposed the transom.
Everyone on the Yamaha was thrown overboard during the crash, according to the report. WTSP states that one of these passengers, identified as a 68-year-old man, was transported to a hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries was not clear.
In addition, a 16-year-old boy who had been riding on the Grady White required transport to a hospital, WTSP states. The extent of his injuries is also not known. The report says no one else needed treatment beyond the scene.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says that deputies performed a breath test on the driver of the Yamaha, which returned a blood alcohol content between .145 and .149. WTSP reports that the driver, identified as a 62-year-old man, was placed under arrest and taken to the Pinellas County Jail for boating under the influence.
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