A Palm Beach Gardens man who lost both his legs in an offshore boating accident last year his filed a civil lawsuit against the boat’s operator. The suit alleges that the boat’s operator, a 56-year-old Stuart man, came into the diver’s flag zone and did not render aid following the boat accident. The incident occurred on January 9, 2009 roughly 4.5 miles northeast of the St. Lucie inlet.
In addition to losing both his legs, the diver has lost his job and continues to undergo extensive rehabilitation. He is able to continue diving with the use of prosthetics that propel his body through the water.
Following a yearlong investigation of the boating accident by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the State Attorney’s Office also filed second-degree misdemeanor charges for allegedly violating navigational rules.