Five persons were killed and nine others were seriously injured when a 22 foot Crownline boat rammed a docked tugboat in the Intracoastal Waterway near St. Augustine, Florida about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2009. Investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (which includes what was formerly the Marine Patrol) said the 22 foot boat was heading north when it hit the starboard side of the 25 foot tug which was tied to a dock with no one onboard.
Reporters were not permitted to view the accident scene. Many of their questions remained unanswered "pending investigation". Among others: Why were so many people packed on such a small boat? How fast were the going? And, were lights required and were there any lights on either vessel?
Lt. Steve Zukowsky of the Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement said: "It’s always tragic when you have fatalities. But we’re going to do our due diligence. This is a possible crime scene."