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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

One injured in boating accident on Ocklawaha River

One man was severely injured on Saturday after his fishing boat was struck by another boat on Ocklawaha River.

Shortly after 11:55 a.m., several Marion County Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the Ocklawaha River, south of the Moss Bluff Dam, in reference to a boating accident.

MCFR boat rescue on Ocklawaha River on February 10, 2024 MCFR crews heading to accident site
MCFR crew members heading by boat to the accident site on Ocklawaha River on Saturday. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

According to MCFR, a boat with four people on board was navigating the river when it hit a man who was in his fishing boat. After the impact, the fishing boat capsized.

MCFR boat rescue on Ocklawaha River on February 10, 2024 MCFR's Heavy Rescue 2 unit on scene
Several MCFR units responded to the Ocklawaha River on February 10 to assist with rescuing a man who was injured in a boating accident. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

Firefighters from MCFR’s Weirsdale Station #27 commandeered a ride to the boat accident site and immediately began treating the injured patient.

MCFR boat rescue on Ocklawaha River on February 10, 2024
Firefighters transporting the injured man to the dock. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

MCFR’s Special Operations Team deployed a boat, which was used to transport the patient to the dock. He was then trauma alerted to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

No other injuries were reported.