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Old     (flsurflover)      Join Date: Aug 2003       07-31-2006, 7:17 AM Reply   
Anyone have any more info on this crash Saturday night on Lake Irma in Orlando?
Fox35 reported last night the driver was the owner of Liquid Sports Marine (Mastercraft dealer) in Orlando. Apparently they ran straight into a lighted dock. The pictures looked pretty bad on the news last night but they don't have any on the website.

Best wishes for those involved.
Old     (phantom5815)      Join Date: Jul 2002       07-31-2006, 7:56 AM Reply   
Here's another article :,0,7751916.story?coll=orl-home-headlines
3 critically injured in east Orange boat crash
Jeannette Rivera-Lyles
Sentinel Staff Writer

July 31, 2006

A speedboat ride early Sunday turned into tragedy for six people when their vessel crashed into a dock, critically injuring three of the occupants.

The crash happened shortly before 5 a.m. at Lake Irma, off north Econlockhatchee Trail in east Orange County.

Authorities did not release the boaters' names and said only that there were five males and one female in the group.

Two of the three critically injured boaters were flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The third was flown to Florida Hospital East. The three others were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Their injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening, Orange County sheriff's spokeswoman Barbara Miller said.

Ray and Marge Westerman, whose house is near the dock, were awakened by the crash.

"It sounded like the shuttle taking off," Marge Westerman said. "It scared us to death."

Minutes later, they heard frantic knocking on their door. Ray Westerman looked through a window and saw a soaking wet young man screaming for help. Marge Westerman called 911.

"He was saying, 'Help us, help us. Please help us,' " Marge Westerman said.

The man then collapsed on the Westermans' front lawn.

Ray Westerman ran to the lake but said he couldn't do much. After crashing into the dock, the boat was floating away with the people in it.

Paramedics and deputies arrived within a couple of minutes, the Westermans said, and jumped into the water to rescue the group.

"It took them a long time to get them out," Ray Westerman said. "They all looked very young. Eighteen to 21, I'd say. And they were all out, unconscious."

Miller said in a news release that alcohol is thought to have been involved in the crash.

"But it could take weeks for this investigation to be completed," she said. }
Old     (skibum69)      Join Date: Aug 2004       07-31-2006, 9:52 AM Reply   
Article says they were all 18-21 so probably not the owner of Liquid Sports Marine. Maybe son?
Old     (seanmcd)      Join Date: Jul 2006       07-31-2006, 10:33 AM Reply   
Here is a quick blerb about an tubing accident here in NH. I love how the driver "...misjudged the length of the tow line" ??WTF?? Idiot.

Old     (morgs)      Join Date: Nov 2005       07-31-2006, 11:37 AM Reply   
Terrible accident - very sorry to hear about it. I hope the best for the folks involved - our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Old     (seanmcd)      Join Date: Jul 2006       07-31-2006, 5:52 PM Reply   
I must have messed up posting the link from the story above. Sorry
Old     (byrd)      Join Date: Dec 2005       08-01-2006, 1:13 PM Reply   
A 20 year old woman passed away today in the Orlando accident.......,0,3474804.story
Old     (taylormade)      Join Date: Jun 2001       08-01-2006, 1:32 PM Reply   
Dunno if it's the same guy (presume it is) but the last article referenced a 45 year old named Mark Watts. The owner of Liquid Sports Marine in Orlando is named the same. That really sucks that the young lady passed away.


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