21 injured when airboats collide in Florida

48 passengers aboard safari tours at time of crash

Two airboats collide in Florida.
Two airboats collide in Florida.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Two airboats on a safari tour of an area of the Everglades National Park collided, leaving 21 injured, after a miscommunication Monday, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman said.

News 6 partner WPLG-TV reported that there were 48 passengers aboard the two airboats and two vessel operators.  Some people fell into the water after the boats collided about 3 miles into the Florida Everglades, home to alligators and poisonous snakes.

Two other airboats picked up all the stranded passengers, including the 21 who suffered minor injuries, and took them to Gator Park in Southwest Miami-Dade.  Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded and took the injured to several hospitals.

FWC officials are investigating.