Boat overturns as driver tries to avoid hitting manatee

The two people on the boat were injured.

A boat overturned, injuring two people, near the Venice Avenue Bridge, officials said.

According to fire officials, about 4 p.m., the 25-foot boat with two passengers, ages 50 and 28, were traveling through the Intracoastal Waterway when it swerved to avoid a manatee.

The boat beached on the side of the shore, overturning and ejecting both men.

The passengers are being treated for minor injuries.

The boat is leaking fuel from its 80-gallon tank. Firefighters are dispersing the unleaded fuel with water from a firehose.

The public is advised to avoid the scene during cleanup.

© 2017 WTSP-TV


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