With 5 boating fatalities in 2015, Broward County has earned the title of “most deadliest waters” in the State of Florida according to statistics from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state agency tasked with keeping track of such things. The commission keeps track of “reportable boating accidents” as defined as those involving death, injury, complete loss of a boat, or more than $2000 in property damage. Overall, Broward County ranked third in this category with 57 reportable boating accidents. One-half of all boating accidents in our county involved collisions where the boat operator failed to maintain a proper lookout. Over one-half of Florida’s 55 overall boating fatalities was due to one’s failure to wear a lifejacket.
On Sept. 20, 2015, a two-boat collision, just south of the Atlantic Blvd. bridge in the Intracoastal in Pompano Beach claimed the life of William Alfred Ineson, Jr., 51.
A fatal boating accident occurred in Fort Lauderdale on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, near the 3200 block of Northeast 38th Street when two boats carrying a total of 10 passengers hit a concrete dock. The person who died drowned as a result of being thrown from the boat.
Yet another fatal boating accident along Middle River killing a teen boy and injuring three critically when a small boat, crashed into a bridge located in the Intercostal near Dixie Highway and NE 18th Court.
Information on safe boating can be found at the web site of the Broward County Sherrif’s Office at http://www.sheriff.org/safety/boating.cfm