BOKEELIA, Fla. - We are getting new details and a minute-by-minute breakdown of Thursday's fatal boating collision in Bokeelia. That wreck, in the Jugg Creek area, killed 61-year-old Donald Craine, the Head Diving Coach at the University of Florida.
"All of a sudden, I noticed this boat and I could tell it had been hit," Peggy Graham-Rutland said.
She and Sherry Moseley were fishing Thursday morning when they spotted the wreck Pathfinder boat.
"As we got closer, the side of the boat was like, peeled backwards," Moseley recalled. "I was surprised it was it was still floating"
Now, WINK News is learning how it all happened. Wildlife officers say a larger Seacraft boat carrying four people was going west in Jugg Creek. The Pathfinder, with two people on board, was headed east. The Seacraft hit the pathfinder on its right side. Two people in the larger boat were thrown out, with one suffering minor injuries. 61-year-old Donald Craine, in the smaller boat, died from his injuries.
A new Lee County Sheriff's Office dispatch report is giving us a minute-by-minute timeline of what happened after the crash. At 11:48 a.m., responders learned people were in the water. A minute later, other boaters pulled a patient on board. At 11:53 a.m., Craine got CPR while being rushed to Four Winds Marina. At 12:03 p.m., another man who was thrown from a boat was reported in cardiac arrest.
The crash has many on the island asking questions like was speed a factor and who was at fault? FWC is working to re-create the crash and that could take months. For now, they're investigating if a "slow" sign is needed in that area.