Category Archives: Boating Accidents

Boating Accident Involving Sheriff’s Deputy In Palm Beach County, Florida – Serious Personal Injuries Result (Arm Amputation)

An off-duty Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy had to have her arm amputated after suffering traumatic injuries last week in a boating accident. The boat crash happened in the Intercoastal Waterway just north of the Donald Ross Bridge. Deputy Cheryl Griffin, 42, was boating on the Intercoastal with a friend when she ran into a dry dock. A boat on a lift fell on top of her 20-foot watercraft and pinned her momentarily underwater. Bystanders were able to free the deputy, who was airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center where doctors amputated her arm due to severity of her … Continue reading

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Florida Continues to Lead Nation in Boating Accidents

According to the 2009 Florida Boating Accident Statistic Report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Sunshine State continues to lead the nation in boating accidents with a total of 620 reported in 2009. The leading cause of boating accidents by far was operator inattention. The leading type of boating accident was a crash involving a fixed object while cruising. Of the 65 boating accident fatalities in 2009, almost half involved either alcohol or driver / operator negligence. Personal watercraft (PWC) were involved in 23 percent of the reported boating accidents, even though they represent just 13 percent … Continue reading

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