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2 dead after watercraft collides with tour boat

11:17 AM, Sep 29, 2013   |    comments
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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Two tourists are dead after their personal watercraft collided with a tour boat near a Clearwater causeway.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that a 51-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman on a rented water scooter crashed into a double-decker tour boat on a dolphin-sighting cruise Saturday. No one on the tour boat was injured.

Investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are trying to determine what happened to cause the collision. Authorities said the incident should serve as a reminder of the hazards of personal watercraft.

The incident is the second fatal accident this month involving a water scooter in the area. Fifteen-year-old Katie Yale of Seminole died after a Labor Day collision between her inner tube and a personal watercraft.

Associated Press

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