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In the Florida Keys the search continues for a missing boater whose empty sailboat was found drifting near Dixie Shoal. The person is the holder of a USCG 50 ton license, a pilots license, is an enthusiastic free diver and is a dive master. It is reported that he was free diving on his own - amazing a person of his apparent experience would do this - so it is possible that this resulted in his going missing.
If unfortunately he is found deceased his will be the 8 death in this area this year.
So far nothing - there has been no action taken by either the USCG, FWC, or the County Commission of Miami-Dade County, Florida regarding the boating accidents this year.
Here is a summary:
August 03, 2014 - jet ski crash, result 1 death.
July 04, 2014 - three boat crash, result 4 deaths and injured persons.
May 05, 2014 - assisting grounded boat with its engines running running, result 1 death.
May 26, 2014 - boat crashed into anchored boat, result 1 death.
Total: 7 deaths.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) in 2013 there were 104 boating accidents resulting in 4 deaths and 50 injuries.
According to the FWC spokesman Jorge Pino boating accidents occur due to personal responsibility, whether it involves alcohol or drug consumption, speed or just carelessness. This is indeed very true and yet so far nothing has been done by any Authority involved in safe boating.