Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade led state in boating accidents in 2014

A huge gash in the side of one of the boats struck during the collision the night of July 4, 2014.
A huge gash in the side of one of the boats struck during the collision the night of July 4, 2014. Courtesy CBS4

The waters of Miami-Dade County were the most dangerous for boaters in 2014.

For the second year in a row, Miami-Dade led the state in boating accidents. According to the 2014 Boating Accidents Statistical Report released Friday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Miami-Dade’s 79 boating accidents last year left 10 dead, 47 injured and caused $2.2 million in property damage. The numbers surpassed second-ranked Monroe County, with 71 accidents, five deaths, 37 injuries and $1.2 million in damage.

Last year was a particularly dangerous year for local boaters. Accidents near Elliott Key and Key Biscayne killed two in May, and a crash on the Fourth of July near Dinner Key claimed four lives and left several injured.

The statewide number of reportable accidents actually dropped by about 100 from 2013, from 736 to 634. But the number of fatalities rose from 62 to 73.

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