2 women injured in Florida airboat crash

Two women were injured when their airboats collided in the Everglades in western Broward County on Feb. 3. The accident occurred around 1 p.m., according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit.

Authorities said the crash was between an airboat carrying at least two University of Florida students and a biologist from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and a private airboat carrying a man and a woman. The impact threw at least one victim into the water. The 37-year-old woman from the private boat was taken to Broward Health Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. One of the students, a 24-year-old woman, was taken to the same hospital with minor injuries. The private airboat was rendered inoperable by the collision.

Investigators said the FFWC team was conducting research on bats at the time of the accident. While the cause of the crash had not yet been determined at the time of the report, the area is reportedly known for blind spots. Authorities indicated that speed was apparently not a factor.

When people are injured in cruise ship accidents or other boating accidents, police conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the crash. If it is believed an accident occurred due to the negligent actions of a boat operator, such as a drunk or reckless operator, that person could be found liable in civil court for any injuries that occurred. Even in cases where authorities do not file charges or issue citations, a boat operator may still be sued for damages. If the lawsuit is successful, injured victims could receive financial compensation for hospital costs, ongoing medical treatment, property damage and other losses.

Source: WSVN, “2 hospitalized after airboat crash,” Feb. 3, 2015

Source: Miami Herald, “Two women injured in Everglades airboat crash,” Carli Teproff, Feb. 3, 2015