A collision between two airboats at the Wild Florida Gator Park in Kenansville, Florida resulted in thirteen individuals sustaining injuries. 

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According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the event involved the collision of two airboats carrying a total of 28 passengers. Nine injured people were taken to the hospital by ambulance, while two needed to be airlifted there. 17 persons also decided against getting medical care. The Coast Guard has reaffirmed its dedication to looking into the crash’s causes.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have both started their responses to the predicament. The United States Coast Guard will be in charge of directing the inquiries in the interim.

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In response to the event, Wild Florida gave a statement after the incident on Monday night. They apologized to all impacted guests in the statement and wished those who were hurt a speedy recovery.

The statement read, “First, we would like to apologize to all visitors involved and pray for a speedy recovery for all injured parties. We are cooperating fully with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other state and local authorities as they conduct an official investigation of the incident. We are also conducting our own internal investigation to determine the cause of the incident. Wild Florida prides itself on not just having U.S. Coast Guard-approved airboats but also hiring licensed Master Captains who elevate our safety protocols”

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As part of the formal investigation into the event, Wild Florida has also reaffirmed its complete collaboration with all pertinent authorities, including the FWC, the U.S. Coast Guard, and state and municipal organizations.