Boater Ran Over in Accident Near Key Largo, Florida
KeyNet.com reports a vacationer from Canada nearly lost his leg in a boating accident on January 11, 2012 near Angelfish Creek, off North Key Largo. Thomas N. Davidson, 52, of Ottawa was ejected from a 16′ Dolphin flats boat owned by Tom Davidson, 71, of Key Largo in a side creek off Angelfish Creek. After falling overboard, the boat circled back and ran over the younger Davidson causing severe lacerations to his leg.
The flats boat was observed circling by personal watercraft operators in the area who then noticed the injured Davidson clinging to mangroves. The watercraft riders transported Davidson to the Ocean Reef Club where he was initially treated before being medevaced by helicopter to Miami’s Ryder Trauma Center. The boat later crashed into the nearby mangroves.
Bobby Dube, the officer with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission who investigated the boating accident, commented, “This type of accident is a very good reason why boat operators should consider installing a kill-switch on their vessels.” Davidson’s condition is unknown at this time.