Tallahassee, FL (October 3, 2018) - A local man died in a boating accident on the Ochlockonee River on Monday, October 1st. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the crash took place around 3:30 pm.
Authorities say that Aaron Smith was operating a 14-foot boat with two passengers on the river when his boat struck an object submerged in the water. Smith suffered serious injuries. His two passengers, John Walker and Charles Lanham, called 911 and attempted rescue efforts before emergency personnel arrived. Sadly, Leon County EMS declared Smith deceased upon their arrival.
The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continues to investigate this incident. No additional information is available at this time.
This story is a reminder that a tragic accident can take place anywhere. Even seemingly innocent events like boating in a river can suddenly turn tragic. We are saddened by this story and our thoughts are with the family of Aaron Smith during this tragic time.
While boating is an enjoyable outdoor activity for many Floridians, it also carries risk. In 2015, there were 737 boating accidents reported in our state. 55 of those accidents were fatal. It is evident that boating can be dangerous and even deadly under the worst of circumstances.
At Rubenstein Law, our Florida boating accident attorneys have experience in cases such as these. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury on the water, give us a call at 1-800 FL-Legal.
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