BOKEELIA, Fla. - WINK News is uncovering new details about 61-year-old Donnie Craine, a diving coach at the University of Florida. The boat Craine was on Thursday near Bokeelia was hit by another boat, killing him. Investigators have removed the boats from the water. Now, they are trying to figure out what went wrong
"It's pretty uncommon that you hear of any serious boating accidents," Capt. Chris Stanford of Pine Island Charters said.
That's why Thursday's collision off Pine Island is shaking up the boating community.The crash was so violent, a 25-foot boat tore through the hull of the smaller boat, the one Craine was on, according to FWC officers.
"I've seen it a number of times," Stanford said, "people coming too close."
It happened near channel marker 12. Boaters tell WINK News there's a sharp curve in this area and it can be dangerous.
WINK News is learning that Craine coached men's and women's Diving at the University of Florida for 30 years of his 37-year coaching career.
He was a four-time SEC Coach of the Year. "He's a legend in our sport and it's a sad sad day," FGCU Head Swimming and Diving Coach Neal Studd said.
Craine made an impression on fellow coaches even before they shook hands.
"I know that before I even met him, my divers were like, you have to meet Donnie. He's my favorite coach," said FGCU Diving Coach David Boyko.
Randy Popple, FGCU Strength and Conditioning Coordinator worked directly with Craine for many years at UF.
"He was always happy," Popple said. "I never saw him mad and he would do whatever it took to get his athletes excited about practice everyday."
They're not only heartbroken for friends and family of the legendary coach, but also for the athletes who won't get the chance to train under Donnie Craine.
"His divers loved him and I think he loved being a Gator and it was a great fit for him for all those years," Studd said. "He was a great family guy that loved his kids."
Wildlife officers tell WINK News a woman on the other boat was hurt but not taken to the hospital. As far as finding out what really happened out there on the water, investigators say recreating Thursday's crash could take months.