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Nine Survive Early Morning Boat Crash

The driver of the boat was cited for not maintaining proper lookout, according to investigators.

The nine passengers on board 21-foot pleasure craft were rescued early Sunday after their boat struck a jetty in Clearwater Pass.

Three passengers received non-life threatening injuries, according to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission. 

The passengers were ejected into the water when their vessel crashed into the Clearwater Pass jetty at "high rate of speed," according to a news release from the United States Coast Guard.

A passenger aboard another vessel, the Absolute Escape, alerted the Coast Guard at around 3 a.m.

When the Coast Guard arrived, the crew found all nine passengers sitting on the jetty. Rescuers took the passengers to Station Sand Key, and then, the three with injuries were taken on to Morton Plant Hospital and Largo Medical Center, according to the Coast Guard.

The person reportedly operating the boat passed a field sobriety test, and was cited for failing to maintain proper lookout, according to Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission investigators.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission is continuing its investigation. 

don graham May 28, 2012 at 01:19 AM
What is it going to take to get the jetty properly illuminated. This not the first time.
Gwen Thomas May 29, 2012 at 07:22 PM
No kidding, Don. People have died running into this jetty. How about a lighthouse? One would be beautiful at the point there.

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