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One Dead, Two Injured In Boating Accident Near Santa Rosa Sound

Twenty-year-old Colby Siegel’s body was found dead yesterday morning after his boat struck a marker near Santa Rosa Sound. His body was found less than thirty yard from the marker. The collision forced Siegel and two other men off of the boat. The exact cause of death is unknown.

Siegel and the two other men, 19-year-old Taylor Wimberly and 23-year-old Derek Richards, were heading back from a fishing trip around 3:00 in the morning when they collided with Marker 41. Siegel’s body was reported missing at the time but found hours later, at 7:44 a.m. One of the other passengers swam to shore for help and was able to flag down a vehicle. The Coast Guard responded to the accident, and sent a dive unit to look for Siegel.

Siegel, who owned the boat, was not operating it at the time of the accident. The accident remains under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Siegel is from Hurlburt and works as an airman. He leaves behind his wife.

UPDATE: Hurlburt airman killed in boating accident identified, October 21, 2012.

Speed and alcohol intoxication are two of the leading causes of boating accidents in South Florida. Tragically, this young man died too soon. Police are still unsure if another boat or another passenger’s negligence was involved in this accident. If you have suffered injuries in a boating accident, call the Miami Beach boating accident attorneys at the Friedland | Carmona today! The Fort Lauderdale motor vehicle accident lawyers have an established record of success recovering substantial compensation for their clients. Call (305) 661-2008 today for your free consultation!

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