The 30-year-old woman was accompanied by a 36-year-old man and her two children, according to investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
While the woman was reaching into the transom area of the airboat to retrieve something, the man apparently cranked the motor causing the woman to be struck by the airboat’s three-blade propeller.
She suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital.
FWC officials are further investigating the accident.
As part of the Nature Coast, Citrus County provides ample opportunity to enjoy waterways, boating and various other water activities. However, along with this opportunity comes a responsibility that too many people fail to take seriously. When boat operators exercise reckless or careless behavior, tragic accidents can occur resulting in serious injuries and even wrongful death.
Boat operators have a duty to safely operate their vessels and protect both passengers and other people around them. A number of factors can contribute to a boating accident, including the following:
• Old or Inadequate Equipment
• Driver Inexperience
• Driver Error
• Failing to Pay Attention to Surroundings
The Citrus County Boat Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton understand that many boat accidents arise due to the negligence of family members or friends. Our personal injury lawyers can meet with you to discuss the different remedies available to you. We can sit down with the other parties and insurance companies involved to make sure that your rights are protected and your needs are taken care of.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Citrus County boat accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact the Citrus County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton online or call 352-726-0078.