Following the report of an unmanned jet ski adrift a half mile offshore from the Fort Lauderdale beach, the Coast Guard found a woman’s body a mile and a half out to sea, according to the Sun Sentinel. The woman’s death is under investigation.
Unfortunately, accidents involving water sports are quite common in Florida. Residents and visitors alike are killed and injured as a result of water skiing, jet skiing, pleasure boating, and many other kinds of boating activities. In 2007 there were 77 fatalities caused by boating accidents in Florida alone, which led the entire country. With over 1 million registered vessels in Florida, there were over 650 reported boating accidents resulting in injury, death or serious damage. It is estimated that there are another 350,000 non-registered boats using Florida’s waterways.
Virtually all boating accidents are preventable. The most common cause of these tragedies is operator inexperience or inattention. 84% of all boating fatalities that occur on boats happen where operators have not completed a boating safety education course.