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Homosassa man killed in boating accident

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

A Homosassa man was killed in a boating accident Sunday afternoon on the Homosassa River, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

Robert Wade Phillips (DOB 10/06/62) was operating a 39-foot pleasure craft, traveling up the river with nine passengers on board.

While traveling near channel marker 19, Phillips veered outside of the channel, FWC investigators said. During an evasive maneuver to return to the channel, the vessel capsized and ejected all occupants. 

The passengers were taken to the River Haven Marina by other boaters and were met by Citrus County emergency personnel. The nine passengers were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, but Phillips was killed. 

The nine passengers were:

  • April Karen Phillips, DOB 08/04/68, Homosassa
  • Wade Phillips, DOB 12/11/92, Homosassa
  • Aspen Phillips, DOB 02/13/96, Homosassa
  • Roberta G. Anderson, DOB 05/05/62, Homosassa
  • Payton Anderson Valls, DOB 04/21/91, Homosassa
  • Samautha Pauley, DOB 05/03/95, Beverly Hills
  • Reid Paul Callahan, DOB 05/22/64, Homosassa
  • Delaney Jean Owens, DOB 10/16/95, Homosassa
  • Lester Kemp, DOB 11/11/53, Homosassa

Robert Wade Phillips' body was transported to the District 5 Medical Examiner's Office. 

The accident is still under investigation, FWC investigators said.

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