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One dead after single-vessel boat crash off Longboat Key

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A boat crash just off Longboat Key on Friday night left two with serious injuries, one of whom has died as a result of the injuries. 

The incident occurred just before 7 p.m. Friday, June 14, off Jungle Queen Way near the 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive.  

A 24-foot vessel with seven passengers collided with a boat marker, according to the Longboat Key Fire Rescue Department. The incident resulted in two victims as trauma alerts, one of which was transported as a code.

The coded victim was ejected from the vessel with serious injuries to the body, said Fire Administration Manager and Public Information Officer Tina Adams. That victim died at the hospital over the weekend. 

Two other passengers were treated and released and the three other passengers were unharmed. 

The Longboat Key Police Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Coast Guard, Manatee County Lifeguards and Manatee County Fire Rescue were among the responding agencies at the incident on Friday. 

The FWC is investigating the incident further.



Carter Weinhofer

Carter Weinhofer is the Longboat Key news reporter for the Observer. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, he moved to St. Petersburg to attend Eckerd College until graduating in 2023. During his entire undergraduate career, he worked at the student newspaper, The Current, holding positions from science reporter to editor-in-chief.

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