A 19-year-old young woman, identified as Sarah Flanagan of League City, Texas was killed when the personal watercraft she was operating on Choctawhatchee Bay was struck by a 30-foot boat operated by 76-year-old Johnny Pope of Shalimar, Florida.
Per news reports, Flanagan was visiting Destin, Florida from Texas and had rented the personal watercraft she was operating. At the time the accident occurred, she was riding with a group of people.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s initial report, the two vessels collided at a 90-degree angle and upon impact, Flanagan was thrown from the watercraft. A person accompanying Flanagan jumped in the water, pulled her onto his personal watercraft and took her to a nearby marina where he met EMS. Flanagan suffered extensive head injuries and was pronounced dead at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. At this time the report does not indicate who was at fault. Per FWC, there were no signs of impairment in either operator.