Florida report details boating-accident statistics

Miami-Dade County led the state of Florida in boating accidents in 2014.
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Miami-Dade County led the state of Florida in boating accidents in 2014, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

In 2014, a number of high-profile boat accidents made news in Miami-Dade. A Fourth of July weekend boating accident killed four people and injured a dozen more.

Another incident involved a boat driven by radio mainstay DJ Laz, according to the Miami New Times. His Voli Vodka-sponsored boat got stuck on a sandbar, and a man was killed when he got caught in the propeller while trying to free it.

Yet another highly publicized incident involved a 39-foot 2011 Sea Vee center console with quad 300-hp Mercury Verado outboards that crashed into the Sunset Grill on a foggy evening on Feb. 23. After riding up the beach, the boat partially entered the restaurant, narrowly missing several customers.

In 2014 there were 79 boating accidents in Miami-Dade, according to the FWC. Ten people died and 47 people were injured. The number of fatalities was up from 2013, when four people died, but the number of injuries was down slightly from 50.

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