Child dies in Monroe County boating accident
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Media contact: Officer Robert Dube, 305-684-8703
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) is investigating a fatal boating accident that
occurred Friday evening off Plantation Key (bayside). An
11-year-old boy from Ft. Myers died as a result of the
The victim, Michael Duda, was thrown from a 17-foot
flats vessel after the operator made a sharp left turn. Duda
was struck by the vessel and was pronounced dead at a local
A 16-year-old male was operating the vessel at the
time of the accident. He was not injured. Two
passengers also onboard the vessel, a 17-year-old female and a
14-year-old female, were also not injured.
The FWC continues to investigate. No charges
have been filed at this time.