Airboat flips

From today’s Boston.com site:

Boat flips, dumps tourists in Everglades

April 11, 2007

MIAMI –A group of tourists got a little more adventure than they wanted during an airboat ride in the Everglades.

A commercial airboat carrying five adults and four children flipped to its side Tuesday in the alligator-infested waters near Tamiami Trail.

“They spent about an hour in the murky mash,” Miami-Dade Fire Lt. Eddy Ballester said. “I am sure they had the scare of their lives.”

It wasn’t clear how authorities were notified of the accident, but the tourists were brought ashore by rescue teams on airboats. One boy had a broken collarbone, and the airboat driver and another man were treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

The airboat struck land before ending up on its side, said Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Mechanical failure might have caused the operator to lose control of the airboat, he said.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.