Learn More

Florida Tourist Tragically Loses Life in Water Slide Accident

February 14, 2023
Personal Injury

63-Year-Old Man Killed in Crab Island Pontoon Slide Accident

A 63-year-old man has died after sliding head-first down a water slide on a pontoon rental boat, according to local law enforcement. The accident occurred on November 24, 2022 (Thanksgiving Eve) in Choctawhatchee Bay at Crab Island. Witnesses believe he hit his head on the bottom of the bay after sliding into water three to four feet deep.

At Mase Briggs Seitz, we represent tourists, vacationers, and Florida residents who are injured during water-related recreational activities. Our legal team has secured millions of dollars on behalf of injured parties throughout Florida. If you are injured in a water accident, contact our office at (305) 487-8863 to schedule a free consultation.

Tourist Dies in Water Slide Incident Off Crab Island

A man visiting from Texas died in late 2022 after sliding head-first off a water slide attached to a rental pontoon boat. The incident occurred in Choctawhatchee Bay in Okaloosa County, Florida, according to the Miami Herald.

The man, a 63-year-old father and grandfather, slid off the slide into the water below which was approximately three to four feet deep. It is believed that at the time he struck his head on the bottom of the bay. He did not resurface, causing concern to family members who witnessed the tragedy.

Local law enforcement and rescue agencies arrived on the scene to attempt to save him, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Dangers at Crab Island

Crab Island, off the Florida Panhandle, is a popular tourist spot, but as noted by the Herald, is considered dangerous. The waters around the island are often crowded with “heavy boat traffic, strong currents, and sudden drop-offs.” The death is not the first one to occur in the area. At least three other people were killed in boating or water accidents last year.

The island is a well-known sandbar located near Destin, Florida. It is surrounded by shallow waters approximately one to four feet deep. There are usually countless boats anchored around floating food vendors. Pontoon boats are one of the most popular rentals in the area but swimming is not recommended since the currents are generally too strong.

What to Do If You Are Injured While Vacationing in Florida

If you are injured while visiting Florida, you need to contact an attorney. Our boating accident lawyers can help you understand your rights and determine whether you should pursue a lawsuit against a liable party. Depending on the situation, you might be entitled to compensation for your accident-related losses.

It is important to act quickly after an accident as you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim for damages. If you were injured while renting a boat you might be able to sue the rental company, vessel owner, or boat operator.

Injured in a Water-Related Accident in Florida?

Were you or a loved one injured in a water-related recreational accident in Florida? Contact our office at (305) 487-8863 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us fight for you and your family to receive the recovery you deserve. Call now to discuss your case directly with an attorney.

Return to All Blogs
Share This Story
If you found the information provided by this article useful, consider sharing to your social media channels to help others in their search for reliable personal injury resources.
Get Your Case Evaluation
Contact us online now by using the form below, or call us at (305) 377-3770.

Get Your Free Consultation
(305) 377-3770
Mase Seitz Briggs
2601 South Bayshore Drive
Suite 800
Miami, FL 33133

Phone: 305-487-8863
Toll Free: 1-844-904-1749
Fax: 305-377-0080
1200 N Federal Hwy
Suite 200
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Phone: 561-210-8516
Fax: 561-210-8301
*Available by Appointment*
crosschevron-down linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram