|Published:||Sep 04, 2013 10:46 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 05, 2013 12:41 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL.--A Southwest Florida woman says a popular boat ramp is to blame for swamping her truck.
She tells us the same thing has happened to several other people at the Punta Rassa boat ramp, near Sanibel.
"When it is full of slime and muck like it is now, your tires have nothing to grab on to and it just takes you right in," said Jennifer.
That's exactly what Jennifer says happened to her as she was launching a boat off the Punta Rassa boat ramp in June.
She says her two month old Dodge truck slide off the ramp and in to the river and she blames the county for not properly maintaining the ramp.
"We were told by one of their employees themselves that did our incident report that we were the third or fourth truck it had happened to this year so far," said Jennifer.
Now Jennifer is even more fired up after seeing the same thing happen to yet another boater this past Sunday.
"I would say we are keeping up with it properly," said Kathy Loomis with Lee County Parks and Recreation.
Loomis says since October, more then 103,000 people have used the Punta Rassa ramp and have only two documented incidents of vehicles going in the water.
Loomis also says the ramp is inspected at least once a day.
"They check it, they inspect it, if it's needed just to do a brush they will brush it off," said Loomis.
The ramp is also power washed on an as needed bases and was last washed on July 30th.
"I go to all kinds of boat ramps and this is by far one of the best boat ramps in Lee County," said Loomis.
But Jennifer is not convinced because she claims the county won't return her calls for action.
She wants at least signs warning of the hidden dangers to be posted around the ramp.
"If we can just help one person, not have to go through what we did, then I would say that I would feel justified," said Jennifer.
The county tells us they will look in to the issue and see if they can come up with some kind of solution.
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