Emergency crews responded to a boat accident on Rend Lake in northern Franklin County Tuesday afternoon. A 38-year-old man from West Melbourne, Florida, and a severely injured woman both died in the accident, reports News 3 ABC.
The two boats collided in the center of the lake, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. According to the sheriff, a boat carrying three people and another boat with two people aboard slammed into one another.
Even though divers remained on the scene until after midnight Tuesday, the 38-year-old Florida man’s body was not recovered until Wednesday around 11 a.m.
With summer now in full swing, the Florida personal injury lawyers at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene want to remind you of some important boater safety rules:
(1) Make sure that you and everyone on the boat always wears a life jacket when boating.
(2) Avoid alcohol while operating the boat.
(3) Take a boating safety class and learn how to properly operate your boat, and encourage other boaters to take a safety class to update their boating skills.
(4) Speed and careless or reckless driving can also cause boat accidents.
Don’t let a fun recreational hobby turn into tragedy because you are unprepared or are being irresponsible.
The Florida boat accident lawyers at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene extend our condolences to the family and the friends of the people who died in this boating accident.