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Personal watercraft are big in Florida. Sometimes referred to by their brand names (commonly, Jet Skis, WaveRunners and Sea-Doos), these products are not inherently safe. seadoo

In fact, the U.S. Coast Guard reported in 2012 that personal watercraft accidents accounted for nearly 20 percent of the 4,515 boating accidents that year, resulting in more than 720 injuries and 58 deaths. There are dozens of brands of these crafts, and it’s estimated Americans own approximately 1.3 million. Florida has an especially high ownership rate, and that doesn’t even account for the commercial rental companies that routinely offer use of the craft to tourists – many of whom have little to no experience on these devices and may not understand the risks.

In addition to the obvious collision hazards posed by these devices, there is a lesser-known but equally dangerous aspect associated with personal watercraft: orifice injuries. It’s as unpleasant as it sounds, and has the potential to result in serious injury, permanent disability and even death. It can occur when a rider falls off the back and lands directly in the path of the craft’s high-pressure jet stream. Those wearing regular bathing suits, as opposed to wet suits, are at greater risk of injury.

A tragic boating accident off the coast of Bokeelia, located on Pine Island, has claimed the life of a 61-year-old who served the University of Florida as a beloved diving coach since 1989. coconuttree

Fort Myers boating accident lawyers have learned that the incident occurred when the coach’s vessel was involved in a head-on collision with an oncoming vessel. Witnesses reported that the boats turned into one another after turning a curve in Jug Creek. The diving coach, Donnie Craine, was ejected from the boat.

Survived by his wife and three adult children, he was in Southwest Florida for an annual fishing trip. He had served as a diving coach at the University of Florida from 1976 to 1981, and later returned after working for a time at the University of Arkansas and Louisiana State University.