Sunday, June 24, 2018
Public safety

Father and son injured in personal watercraft accident near Caladesi Island

CLEARWATER — A boy and his father vacationing from England were injured in a personal watercraft accident near Caladesi Island late Friday morning.

The accident occurred about 11 a.m. near marker 5 in the Intracoastal Waterway, authorities said.

Anthony Bartlett, 43, of England and his 10-year-old son went on a personal watercraft tour with Clearwater Beach Wave Runner Rentals, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Robert Scholl.

They were riding around the spoil island in front of Carlouel Yacht Club when the man lost control of the watercraft and crashed into the mangroves.

The watercraft "must have been traveling at a high rate of speed to get that far up into the mangroves," Scholl said.

The tour guide rode to the yacht club and asked people there to call 911, he said. And a group from the club rode out to the scene in a boat and helped rescue the boy.

The man was rescued by Clearwater Fire Rescue, which responded to the scene with personal watercraft units and a fire boat. Wildlife commission and Pinellas County Sheriff's Office units were also dispatched, authorities say.

The man sustained lacerations and was bleeding heavily, Scholl said.

The 10-year-old was also injured, but Scholl did not have information about the extent of his injuries.

Both were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.

A preliminary assessment indicated that the injuries were not life-threatening, according to Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.

Scholl said such accidents are tragic and often avoidable.

"We want people to have a good time, but we also want people to be educated about the true power of these watercraft," he said.

Times staff writer Kameel Stanley contributed to this report. Lorri Helfand can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4155.

Comments
Father dead, suspect in custody after hit-and-run driver plows into New Tampa family on bike ride

Father dead, suspect in custody after hit-and-run driver plows into New Tampa family on bike ride

A Tampa man is dead and his 3-year-old son is in serious condition after being struck by a hit-and-run driver as they went on a family bike ride Sunday afternoon.A male suspect is in custody and being interviewed by police but his name has not yet be...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Suspect dead, 2 injured in St. Petersburg home invasion-turned-shooting

Suspect dead, 2 injured in St. Petersburg home invasion-turned-shooting

ST. PETERSBURGSuspect dead, 2 injured in home invasion, shootingThree people forced their way into a St. Petersburg house before dawn Sunday before gunfire broke out, killing a suspect and injuring two residents, police said.About 5:30 a.m., the peop...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Head-on crash kills Pasco teenager, injures three

Head-on crash kills Pasco teenager, injures three

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 19-year-old driver died in a three-car crash on Moon Lake Road on Saturday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.Jillian Faith Hitt, 19 and of New Port Richey, was driving north on the road in a 2008 Hyundai Accent, weari...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Police: St. Petersburg driver falls asleep at wheel after drinking, kills motorcyclist

Police: St. Petersburg driver falls asleep at wheel after drinking, kills motorcyclist

ST. PETERSBURG — A 22-year-old driver fell asleep at the wheel after drinking and ran a red light, hitting and killing a motorcyclist Saturday night, police said.Just before midnight, Michael P. Majchrowski, 48, was riding a 2016 BMW motorcycle eastb...
Published: 06/24/18
Authorities find

Authorities find "inmate" who walked away from Bilirakis event

The 23-year-old man who authorities said walked away from a New Port Richey political event while under supervision of a treatment center on Saturday has been located.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office described Nicholas Moore, 23, as both an "inmate"...
Published: 06/23/18
FHP: Wrong-way driver hit 100 miles per hour before sideswiping car

FHP: Wrong-way driver hit 100 miles per hour before sideswiping car

A Clearwater man who authorities said sideswiped a car while driving more than 100 miles per hour the wrong way on U.S. 41 was arrested Friday. Wendel Jamel James, 35, is charged with DUI with property damage, reckless driving and leaving the scene ...
Published: 06/23/18
Tampa boy, 14, shot, police asking for help

Tampa boy, 14, shot, police asking for help

TAMPA — Police want to know who shot 14-year-old De’Nico Thomas after a night of playing video games.Thomas was at a friend’s home Wednesday night and on his way home when Tampa police said he was shot, resulting in life-threatening injuries.As he fa...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Clearwater police search for ‘Bic Bandit’ accused of stealing lighters

Clearwater police search for ‘Bic Bandit’ accused of stealing lighters

CLEARWATER — Police detectives are searching for a man coined the "Bic Bandit" based on reports that he’s stolen dozens of lighters from the same 7-Eleven.According to Clearwater police, the man has swiped the lighters four times in the last month, t...
Published: 06/22/18
FHP: One dead, three seriously injured in head-on Pasco crash

FHP: One dead, three seriously injured in head-on Pasco crash

DADE CITY — A Dade City man was killed and three others were seriously injured after a pickup truck and motorcycle crashed head-on Friday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Floyd Williamson, 72, of Lakeland, was driving northbound on U....
Published: 06/22/18
Body of missing Hernando park ranger found in Georgia; boyfriend being questioned

Body of missing Hernando park ranger found in Georgia; boyfriend being questioned

Georgia detectives on Friday recovered the body of Mitzi Marie Babb, a 43-year-old Hernando park ranger who had been missing since Tuesday.Her boyfriend, arrested Thursday on unrelated charges, has been called a person of interest in her disappearanc...
Published: 06/22/18