Investigation continues into deadly airboat crash near Lone Cabbage Fish Camp in central Brevard – Florida Today
A Sunday evening search for two missing airboaters after the boat crashed and sank. Video by Tim Shortt. Posted 11/12/17.
Search efforts at River Lakes Conservation Area Boat ramp west of Cocoa off of State Road 520. An airboat overturned and sank, and two passengers are missing.(Photo: Riley Shortt, for FLORIDA TODAY)Buy Photo
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation investigators are reviewing the circumstances that led to the two people being killed after an airboat flipped over Sunday near the Lone Cabbage Fish Camp in central Brevard.
Brevard County sheriff’s agricultural units, dive teams and others spent Sunday evening searching the dark waters near the Lone Cabbage Fish Camp for the two people. Other boaters nearby managed to pull two others also on the airboat from the water within minutes of the crash as their boat sank.
“It’s definitely not the turnout we like or expect,” Chad Weber, with the FWC, told FLORIDA TODAY news partner WKMG a short time after the discovery of the bodies. “Boating, even though it’s a recreation activity, can be dangerous. Just take precautions. You can’t plan for every accident, but life jackets save lives, so wear a life jacket.”
The bodies of the men — still not identified late Monday — were turned over to the medical examiner’s office in Rockledge. It was not immediately known if they, or the two survivors, were wearing life jackets.
The deadly incident unfolded about 5 p.m. Sunday at the River Lakes Conservation Area across from Lone Cabbage Fish Camp’s 8199 W. King Street site. Witnesses later told authorities that they watched as the air boat apparently was caught