BOKEELIA, Fla.- BOKEELIA, Fla. --- Boaters say the Jugg Creek area has a dangerous blind curve.
A day after a deadly collision, WINK News takes to the water with wildlife officials north of Pine Island, investigating if anything will be done in an area known for close calls and collisions.
FWC Officer Brad Bell knows full well what's happened at Jugg Creek, in the present, and the past.
"A lot of the blind curves. It's all about caution. You need to slow down. You need to make sure what is coming around the corner," he said.
Thursday a 25 foot SeaCraft collided with a smaller Pathfinder. University of Florida diving coach Donald Craine lost his life. The impact threw two other people into the water.
In 2012, two boats collided at the same spot. Luckily, those involved were not seriously hurt. Witnesses say it could have been avoided.
WINK News learned there's no slow sign, simply signs warning of a blind curve. Boaters can travel as fast as they feel is safe. Some say that's a problem.
"Seems to be, it's an area where there's been certainly close calls myself, where people don't have the experience of boating and make the corner," said one boater.
In light of this collision, FWC is investigating if a "slow" sign is needed.
Officer Bell believes FWC will also step up patrols in the area. "Just to make sure they're being cautious, that they know there's a blind curve out here. And to be safer when they are in this area,"Bell said.
Craine coached men's and women's diving at the University of Florida for 37 years. He was a four-time SEC coach of the year. An FWC report released to WINK News Friday officially confirms Craine died as a result of the collision.
Officals say there was some kind of navigation violation but an investigation into what happened will take months.