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2 seriously hurt in Pinellas County boat crash Saturday

A boat that crashed into a seawall near South Pasadena on Saturday. Two were injured in the crash. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.]
A boat that crashed into a seawall near South Pasadena on Saturday. Two were injured in the crash. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.]
Published Jul. 28, 2019

SOUTH PASADENA — Two people were seriously injured after a boat crashed into a seawall near South Pasadena on Saturday.

According to a news release from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, five people were riding aboard a 1999 18-foot center console motor boat at about 6:10 p.m.

The driver of the boat, 24-year-old Ryan Craft of Orlando, steered the boat north near 8041 Sailboat Key Blvd. in South Pasadena. The boat was in a minimum wake zone, the release said.

Craft tried to turn the vessel west toward the Intracoastal Waterway, deputies said. But in doing so, he crashed the boat into a seawall, causing two of his four passengers to fly out of the boat.

Those passengers were 29-year-old Stephanie Ludwig and 23-year-old Melia Garcia, both of St. Petersburg. Ludwig was badly hurt in the crash and taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. Garcia was unharmed.

Another of the boat's passengers was also badly injured: Andrew Mentch , 30, of Treasure Island. He was also taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

Craft and the final passenger, 25-year-old Thaddasone Phepsavath of Pinellas Park, were not hurt in the crash.

Speed seemed to have factored into the crash, the release said. No charges have been filed.

Contact Kirby Wilson at kwilson@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8793. Follow @kirbywtweets.