According to the caller, all four were on an airboat when it struck a tree and overturned. The most seriously injured patient, a male in his mid-50s, was reportedly thrown from the boat and was being tended to by two of his companions.
Helicopters were requested to assist in locating and transporting the patients to the hospital but none were immediately available due to inclement weather. Airboats from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), and Camp Holley Fish Camp responded to the scene and assisted in transporting paramedics to the crash site.
A total of four patients were evaluated. Three of the four patients, including the most seriously injured victim, were treated by paramedics at the crash site and flown via the PAFB helicopter directly to Holmes Regional Medical Center (HRMC) in Melbourne. The fourth patient was brought back to the boat ramp via airboat. That patient was then transported by ground to HRMC for evaluation.
FWC will be the lead agency investigating the accident and will be able to provide updates as they become available.