One dead in Ft. Lauderdale boat crash

On May 30, a boating accident left one man dead and his girlfriend severely injured, according to NBC Miami on June 1. The couple was sailing with a friend at around 8 p.m. that evening when they crashed into a cement wall. Dalton Shirley and Justina Coronel were with friend Austin Lail at the time of the crash.

Officials at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions report that the boat was side by side with another boat and traveling at high speeds before the tragic incident. Shirley lost control of the water vehicle and was launched from the boat at the time of impact. Eye witnesses confirmed that the second vessel appeared to be friends of the victim and attempted to revive Shirley after pulling him from the water.

Coronel and Lail were taken to Broward Health Medical Center for immediate medical treatment. Lail has been released and Coronel is still recovering from the fatal crash. A criminal investigation is underway, headed by the wildlife commission.

The parents of the deceased have asked for privacy during their time of mourning.

Last Updated : November 17, 2021


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