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Florida pleasure boater injured in collision with fishing vessel

A recreational boater was hurt when a commercial fishing boat's outrigger hit a smaller pleasure boat near Port Canaveral recently. The April 2 incident involved a 48-foot commercial fishing vessel, the Joyce Marie, and a 25-foot recreational boat about two miles from shore.

The boats were apparently quite close to each other at the time of the accident, which happened in mid-afternoon. When the fishing boat extended its outrigger, it struck the top console of the smaller boat, the Coast Guard told Florida Today. The Joyce Marie crew immediately called the Coast Guard, who rescued two adults and two children from the disabled boat.

Paramedics took over on shore. One of the adults reported shoulder pain to the Coast Guard, according to Florida Today.

So far, it's unclear whether any of the fishermen or boaters could be considered at fault for the collision. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident, as is Florida's fish and wildlife agency.

Shared waterways can be dangerous for both commercial and recreational vessels. And Port Canaveral is one of the busiest ports in the country, with cruise ships, cargo ships, fishing vessels and pleasure boats all sharing the waters.

As we've discussed before, recreational boaters aren't typically subject to the same "rules of the road" training requirements as are professional mariners. This collision is another reminder that recreational boaters should try to give nearby working vessel a wide berth - and for everyone to take extra care when working or playing in busy waters.

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