Man Dies in Florida Boating Accident

A boating accident in Florida’s Walton County threw three people overboard, killing one. The 16-foot boat was heading East to West on the bay when it capsized. A 12-year-old girl, her 71-year-old grandfather, and his 74-year-old friend were thrown into the water. All but the 71-year-old got to safety.

The body of the grandfather was recovered around 6:30pm. Members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, (FWC) Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Okaloosa County Dive Team, and other agencies spent four hours. Authorities say the boating accident victim was not wearing a life-jacket.

Representatives from FWC say they do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the accident, but they are still hoping to determine the cause of death following an autopsy.

Boating Accident Leaves One Dead, PanHandleParade.com, July 20, 2009
Contact a Florida boating accident attorney if you or a relative has been injured.