Five killed in Florida boating accident

April 13th, 2009 - 12:35 pm ICT by admin  

Jacksonville, FLORIDA (BNO NEWS) — Five people were killed and several others were injured after a boating accident in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday, emergency officials told BNO News.

“We responded to a potential boating accident at around 7 p.m., on scene we found what appeared to be a boat which had crashed into a dock or a barge type structure under construction,” said Jeremy Robshaw, a spokesman for the St. Johns County Fire and Rescue.

A total of fourteen people were on board the boat. “Five individuals were confirmed fatalities on arrival,” Robshaw told BNO News. Nine other people were transported to area hospitals, four of them remain in critical condition. The other five are in stable condition.

A spokesman for the St. John County Sheriff’s Department earlier told BNO News that some of the victims were flown to hospitals. A news conference is scheduled for later in the evening.

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