Broward County

Tourist visiting Everglades with her family injured after two airboats collide

A Texas tourist was injured Sunday afternoon in an airboat crash in the Everglades in western Broward.
A Texas tourist was injured Sunday afternoon in an airboat crash in the Everglades in western Broward. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

A tourist from Texas was injured Sunday afternoon in an airboat accident in the Everglades in western Broward, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.

The accident happened at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the waters off I-75 at mile marker 35.

According to the fire rescue department, two airboats collided. One of the airboats carried a mother, father and teenage son and an airboat captain. The other airboat carried one man.

The husband and wife, who were sitting in the front seat of the commercial airboat, were ejected from the boat, fire rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said.

The man was not injured, but the woman suffered “trauma to her lower extremities,” Jachles said.

She was airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the agency which will likely investigate, could not be reached for comment Sunday.

The airboat accident comes about three months after a University of Miami student died a day after graduation in a rare airboat accident in Miami-Dade.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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