Palm Beach deputy’s boating accident the latest in a series of Florida boat accidents

Co-workers and the community are rallying around an off-duty Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy who lost her arm in a boating accident over the weekend, the Post reported.

She was off-duty when her 20-foot boat slammed into a dock north of the Donald Ross bridge on Saturday, causing a boat on a dry lift to crash down on hers, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported. She was pinned underwater by falling debris before being freed by two men from a nearby home. A 38-year-old passenger in the boat was also injured.

Florida Boating Accident Attorney
Gregg Hollander and the staff at the Hollander Law Firm have taken note of the large number of boating accidents this summer.

As we reported on our South Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, Florida is the boating capital of the nation and more boating accidents occur in South Florida than anywhere else in the country. In 2008, a total of 55 people were killed and nearly 300 were seriously injured in 616 boating accidents. But, even by Florida standards, a large number of boating accidents are being reported:

– A man was badly injured in a Citrus County boating accident last week on the Homosassa River. The 23-year-old man’s legs were nearly amputated after he was run over by the boat’s propellers, Channel 10 reported.

-Last month, three men were hospitalized in serious condition after a Fort Myers boating accident.

– A Deerfield Beach man is facing BUI manslaughter charges in connection with a fatal Delray Beach boating accident on May 8. The 35-foot speedboat slammed into a navigation marker in the Intracoastal Waterway, killing a 31-year-old man who was thrown overboard, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

-A deadly Ponce Inlet boating accident on Memorial Day claimed the life of a pregnant woman and her father, Channel 13 news reported. Witnesses reported a large boat landed on top of the boat in which the victims were riding.

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