The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said that two persons were killed after their jet ski crashed with a 23-foot watercraft near Fort Myers Beach about midday.
The event occurred near Lovers Key Resort in Big Carlos Pass.
According to FWC spokesperson Adam Brown, both occupants of the jet ski were ejected and taken to the hospital with significant injuries. “Unfortunately, both occupants died as a result of their injuries,” Brown said.
The Virginia victims were 73 and 65 years old, respectively.
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The Fort Myers Beach Fire Department, along with other agencies, raced to the site and offered help, according to Fort Myers Beach Assistant Fire Chief Vincent DeCristofalo.
According to DeCristofalo, one of the victims was sent to Lee Health and another to NCH North Naples Hospital.
“We would want to express our heartfelt sympathies to the deceased’s friends and family during this terrible time,” Brown said.
“The FWC is presently investigating this occurrence, and further information will be given when it becomes available,” Brown said. “At this moment, no charges have been brought, but this is subject to change.”
This is the second tragic jet ski accident on Fort Myers Beach this year. The FWC was still investigating the cause of a deadly jet ski accident on Fort Myers Beach in August as of November.
In August, a corpse was recovered in a car drifting along the docks off Estrellita Drive near the Big Carlos Pass Bridge on Fort Myers Beach. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office found the death to be a suicide.
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