Five people were ejected and two people were killed Saturday after two boats collided head-on in the Texas Gulf near Freeport.
Details of the Freeport Boat Collision
MySA reports the crash occurred Saturday, August 6 at around 9:15 pm.
Authorities say the crash occurred when a person operating a 22-foot boat collided with a 24-foot boat in the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway between Mile Markers 382 and 384.
Three passengers from the 22-foot boat were ejected as were two people on the 24-foot boat. Two of the three occupants ejected from the 22-foot vessel were able to get to the 24-foot boat and climb aboard.
Responders first found the body of a female passenger from the 24-foot vessel. They then located a third survivor from the 22-foot boat.
Around midnight, Gulf coast Rescue Squad personnel found the body of an adult male passenger ejected from the 24-foot boat.
The identities of those involved were not released; however, reports did indicate the two deceased passengers of the 24-foot vessel were husband and wife.
The boat accident remains under investigation.
Texas Boating Accident Statistics
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department:
- The Coast Guard counted 4,168 recreational boating accidents in 2019. These accidents resulted in 613 deaths, 2,559 injuries, and $55 million in property damage.
- In boat accidents where the cause of death was known, drowning accounted for 79% of boating fatalities.
- Among the five leading causes of boating accidents are:
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Excessive speed
- Alcohol use
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