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June 3, 2010

Three Killed in New Smyrna Beach Boating Accident

A Volusia County man and his daughter were killed in a boating accident on May 31, 2010 in the Intracoastal Waterway just south of Ponce de Leon Inlet, in New Smyrna Beach. The father and daughter died after their motorboat was run over by a larger boat. The daughter was nine months pregnant at the time of the accident.
The accident occurred around 4 p.m. near the Coast Guard Station and a part of Smyrna Dunes Park known as "dog beach" in Ponce Deleon Inlet. The area where the accident occurred is extremely popular with recreational boaters. Six people were in the smaller boat and seven people were in the larger boat. The people in the boats knew each other and were friends. The wake of a third boat may have contributed to the accident.
In addition to the deceased, two or three other boaters suffered injuries and were taken to Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach. Wildlife commission investigators are working to determine how the accident occurred.

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