The cause of a crash between two airboats in the Florida Everglades over the weekend is under investigation, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission said.
The crash, which took place at about 1:45 p.m. Sunday near mile marker 35 on Interstate 75, resulted in Deana Baggett, 48, being injured after she was ejected from a vessel, according to Carol Lyn Parrish, public information coordinator for FWC.
Hollywood resident Brain Cullen, 31, was operating the first airboat, a 2016 Florida homemade airboat, and the second vessel was also a 2016 homemade airboat, and was operated by 50-year-old Florida City resident Jose Martinez, Parrish said.
Baggett and her family, who are visiting South Florida from East Bernard, Texas, were passengers on Martinez’s airboat when the crash took place, Parrish said.
Baggett and her husband Rex Baggett, 49, were thrown into the water. Parrish said Deana Baggett was taken to Broward General Medical Center for treatment, while her husband was not injured.
Two teens on the airboat, Christopher Baggett, 19, and Tanner Baggett, 15, were not injured in this incident.
Both boat operators were issued with citations as a result of the crash, Parrish said.
"All of the members of the FWC want to express our sincere sympathies to the victim and families of the victim involved in this incident," Parrish said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them. The FWC would like to take this opportunity to remind all boaters enjoying Florida's beautiful waterways to do so safely. Please wear your life jacket and maintain 360-degree awareness at all times while boating. For boating safety tips, please visit MyFWC.com/boating."