|Published:||Dec 12, 2013 6:03 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 12, 2013 6:13 PM EST|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -A Bonita Springs man is now heading to court to seek compensation from the boat captain who's propeller cut off his leg in 2011.
WINK News has confirmed Sal Pucciarelli was unable to reach a settlement Thursday with captain Brandon Ruganis, his company Safari Sailing Cruises, and the Ritz Carlton.
This was a very private matter for the family, so WINK-TV did not bring our cameras inside Thursday's mediation hearing.
It has been almost three years since Sal Pucciarelli lost his leg when a boat ran right over him. He then filed a lawsuit seeking compensation from boat captain Brandon Ruganis and his company, Safari Sailing Cruises, Inc, and the Ritz Carlton.
February 2011, 69-year old Pucciarelli was swimming off Vanderbilt Beach in front of the Ritz Carlton. Charter boat captain Brandon Ruganis was coming to shore to pick up guests. His boat propeller severed Pucciarelli's leg.
Pucciarelli said the boat captain didn't even stop to help as he fought for his life.
Ruganis was later sentenced to 60 days in jail. Pucciarelli says he could of died if not for the help of good samaritans nearby.
Only WINK News spoke with him to see how he was coping after that horrific accident, in 2011.
"All of a sudden I just felt the bang and that was it. I was only in the water about a minute. I remember looking down and seeing my leg off. I says.. oh. Im gone," he said.
The trial is expected to take place February 2014.
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