Four of the nine boaters aboard a rental boat that hit the Jupiter Sandbar last Friday were injured. Two were taken to local hospitals; one suffered serious injuries. The other two passengers sustained minor injuries and chose to the visit the hospital on their own.
The sandbar where the accident occurred is a popular area of the Loxahatchee River, west of the Alternate A1A bridge. It was approximately three hours after low tide in the inlet when the boat hit the sandbar. The boat's speed at the time was not immediately clear. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began investigating the incident last Friday with the aid of the Jupiter police and the Coast Guard.
A Jupiter boat accident this afternoon has left at least 9 injured, according to the Palm Beach Post. The Coast Guard is currently investigating the incident, which occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.
According to a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman, the passengers were injured after the boat they were traveling in crashed into the Jupiter Sandbar. The injured were transferred to a private dock just west of A1A by a private vessel, and some are being transported to local hospitals by fire rescue crews.
Witnesses saw the vessel hit the sandbar, and reported seeing a passenger fly into the water.
Two young men who witnessed the accident assisted several of the passengers, accompanying them to a nearby home in order to call authorities; they reported that the passengers had been in shock but seemed to be aware of the situation. One witness said the vessel was a rental boat. It is unclear if the passengers are from the local area.
Fire rescue requested assistance from the Coast Guard, which is continuing to investigate the incident.
We wish a speedy recovery to all passengers involved.