What is bound to happen when you run out of gas in the ICW channel on New Year’s Eve in South Florida? You guessed it. Read about the inevitable with a happy ending.
Venezia said, "We ran out of gas, the boat stalled, and I heard a boat coming up the Intracoastal, fast. I saw it. We waved and said, `Stop! Stop!' We were yelling, and flashing lights. They couldn't hear us, I guess.''
The group ran to the back of the boat and jumped overboard just before the bigger boat struck them broadside. ''The impact hit the side of the boat,'' said Rodrigo Rodriguez. "The big boat kept going over us. We were like a speed bump to them.'' The smaller boat's owner and girlfriend were taken to a hospital with lacerations.
After the collision, the big boat came back and stopped. The port side of the smaller boat was heavily damaged.
Venezia said they were, ''happy to be alive, thank God.'' The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating.
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