Two Passengers Injured in Islamorada Boat Crash
Details of the Boat Accident
An initial report filed by the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, a 24-foot Aquasport was approaching the Lorelei Cabana Bar boat basin when it struck an anchored 40-foot trawler. The speed of the Aquasport is still being determined, but the force was enough to knock down a passenger aboard the trawler and cause cracking to the starboard bow of the Aquasport.
The operator of the Aquasport, Kenneth W. Rumph, 43, transported his three passengers onto a nearby boat before fleeing the scene. Rumph was stopped about eight miles away in Florida Bay by the U.S. Coast Guard. He was arrested on a felony count of leaving the scene of a boat accident involving injury.
Two of Rumph’s passengers, Gabriel Zelonker and Pamela Maldonado were treated for non-life-threatening injuries sustained in the collision. A third passenger refused treatment. The identity of the man aboard the trawler has not been released but is not believed to have suffered serious injury.
Boat Accident Statistics
The U.S. Coast Guard provides the following recreational boating accident statistics.
- There were 4515 accidents resulting in 651 fatalities and 3000 injuries attributed to recreational boating accidents in 2012.
- Nearly 71% of fatalities in boating accidents were caused by drowning. Of those fatalities, 85% were reported as not wearing a life jacket.
- The leading cause of boat accidents was operator inattention closely followed by operator inexperience.
- Open motorboats were the most common vessel type involved in recreational boating accidents.