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13 people hospitalized after 2 airboats collide at Wild Florida in Osceola County

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

Two charter airboats from Wild Florida crashed into one another today, Monday, August 14, 2023, which has resulted in 13 people hospitalized.

13 people hospitalized after airboat crash at Wild Florida

An incident has occurred today at the popular Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park, located 40 miles south of Orlando in Kenansville.

The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that 13 people have been taken to hospital following an incident on Lake Cypress in Osceola County where two airboats from Wild Florida collided on the water.

USCG confirmed that 28 passengers and two captains were involved in the crash, which happened around 12:30 pm on Monday, August 14.

Two people were transported via helicopter to HCA Florida Osceola Hospital, with the remaining injured passengers taken by ambulance to area hospitals for treatment. As of right now, the extent of their injuries is unknown.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, The U.S. Coast Guard led the response, with Osceola Fire Department, Osceola County Sheriff's Office and Saint Cloud Fire Rescue responding to the incident.

Following the incident, Wild Florida issued the following statement:

“Today at Wild Florida, two airboats collided while doing routine tours, resulting in passenger injuries. 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.

We also want to extend our added gratitude to the many Wild Florida staff members and rescue teams from Osceola County EMS, St. Cloud Fire Rescue, and the Osceola County Sheriff's Department for their swift response.

At this time, all airboat activities at Wild Florida are suspended until further notice.”

13 people hospitalized after airboat crash at Wild Florida

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