Man killed in Tragic Boating Accident

August 21, 2011- An obscure boating accident Sunday afternoon on the Homosassa River left many people in shambles. The accident resulted in one fatality and several injuries.

Heather Yates, a sheriff’s office spokesman reported that the sheriff’s office received a call about the accident at about 4:05 p.m. on Sunday. The boat flipped over, sending all nine passengers overboard.

Witness, Kris Adelman reported other witnesses attempting to rescue the ejected passengers before rescue teams arrived. She said at least one pontoon boat was in the water, trying to get the victims out while several other jumped into the water to help.

The victim who died from the accident was identified as Rob Phillips. Yates described him as a male between 45 and 47 years-old. Several of the passengers were injured as well. They were taken to local area hospitals. However, the extent of their injuries is unknown.

The cause of accident remains unknown as well. Yates said the boat was large and had about three outboard motors, but she didn’t think it hit anything.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is currently investigating the accident.

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