Florida Boy Loses Leg in Water Scooter Accident

by Carmen Dellutri on August 25, 2011

Floria personal injury attorneyA Florida water scooter accident has resulted in serious injuries for a Redington Shores teen, according to officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The boy’s leg had to be amputated after he jumped from the scooter and became tangled in a towrope.

According to TampaBay.com, the teen was riding on a water scooter driven by another teen when the water scooter accident occurred. A third teen was wakeboarding behind the scooter.

The wakeboard rider fell off, but the water scooter's operator, also 14, continued to travel at high speeds, said FWC spokesman Gary Morse said. Dahl became "upset about the speed of the boat and the way it was being operated" and jumped off, Morse said.

Unfortunately, the towline was still attached to the wakeboard, and Dahl's leg became tangled in the line, Morse said.

"It's horrible stuff," he said. "You should never jump off any vessel going at a high speed unless you have no other options to avoid injury."

According to officials, the other two teens were not injured and an investigation is being conducted.

For more information about wakeboarding safety, please check out our recent blog post.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida water skiing accident or Florida wakeboarding accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

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