Teenager killed in Florida boating accident

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A boat involved in a fatal accident in Florida on Tuesday had been owned by the family for only a month when a 15-year-old boy decided to take it for a ride.

His parents weren't home, but Brandon Noah knew where the keys were, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The 24-foot boat, called Serenity Now, was pulling an innertube carrying two teenage girls at Redington Beach when the tube slammed into a dock, killing one of Brandon's friends.

Investigators with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday attributed the accident to inexperience.

"This is real tragic," Brandon's father, Jason, told the newspaper.

Witnesses told the newspaper that when the teen turned the boat, the tube flipped and slammed into the dock.

In Florida, no license is required to operate a boat. Anyone can take a boating course and obtain a boating safety education identification card, but it’s not required unless the boater was born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, and is operating a boat with an engine of 10 hp or greater.

Brandon had not acquired the certification. His family's boat operates on 280 hp, the sheriff's office said.

The teenager has been cited for not having proper identification, a non-criminal offense, and reckless operation of a vessel resulting in a fatality, a misdemeanor.

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