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Friends' boats collide, one woman gets several cuts

Times Staff Writer
Published December 5, 2003

HERNANDO BEACH - A leisurely boat ride on Jenkins Creek quickly ended for two Hernando Beach couples Thursday morning when one of the boats veered out of control and struck the other.

"We were out boating together and all of a sudden there it was," said Andrew Trovato, 67. "We both ended up in the water."

His wife, Page Trovato, 63, suffered minor injuries. Her husband took her to Oak Hill Hospital, where she was treated for cuts to her right arm, wrist and cheek.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Leonard Brunkhart said the boats were sailing about 30 feet apart when the Trovatos' boat and the vessel carrying William and Julia Jackson, began to accelerate into the creek.

Suddenly, the Jacksons' boat veered to the right and struck the other vessel, sending the Trovatos into the water.

The 15-foot boat, known as a gheenoe, continued in a circle and struck Page Trovato.

"Her shirt was wrapped around the propeller," said Andrew Trovato, as he backed his car onto the boat ramp Thursday morning.

As a result of the collision, the Jacksons' boat capsized and filled with water. However, neither was injured.

William Jackson, 64, said he and his wife were out sailing with their neighbors and longtime friends when he lost control of the boat.

"I don't know what happened," he said.

"We used to be best friends, " added Julia Jackson, 61, "I don't know if we will be again."

No citations were issued Thursday as the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continued its investigation.

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