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Two People killed in Miami boat accident

November 30, 2010

The Sun-Sentinel reports that 67-year-old Steve Posner was killed in a high-speed boat accident in Florida on Biscayne Bay a mile or two east of Matheson Hammock Marina. Posner’s family are prominent business people South Florida. The boat accident was also responsible for the death of an unidentified person and and seriously injuring Posner’s cousin, Stuart Posner.

According to reports, Posner’s 44-foot racing catamaran tried to overtake his friend Fritz Eigelshoven’s boat “Mixed Emotions.” According to published reports, the boats were traveling side by side when Posner’s boat sideswept the other boat, piercing its hull. Witnesses say that they were traveling between 85 and 90 mph at the time of impact. The unidentified man was thrown overboard and was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, “both boats were ultra-fast racing catamarans, capable of rocketing across the water at more than 100 mph and are so powerful that they require two people to safely operate at high speeds- a driver at the helm and a throttle man controlling the speed.” Boating is one of the top leisure activities in South Florida. Though it can be very enjoyable, the U.S. Coast Guard says that thousands of boating accidents occur each year in the United States with Florida leading the way with the most boating related fatalities. In 2008 alone, there were 4,789 reported boat accidents in the country, which resulted in 709 deaths and 3,331 injuries.

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