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***Updated***13-186 Pinellas Deputies Investigate Watercraft Accident At Lake Seminole Park


Katie Yale, the injured child in yesterday’s boating accident has passed away due to her injuries this morning.

See original release below.


Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Patrol Operations Bureau
-Marine Unit
-Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT)

Douglas Yale (operator of 19ft Key West center console boat)
5863 Blossom Lake Drive
Seminole, FL

Katie Yale (sustained life threatening injuries)
5863 Blossom Lake Drive
Seminole, FL

Aubree Franz (sustained minor injuries)
3177 64th Way North
St. Petersburg, FL

Ryan Godcharles (operator of Sea Doo personal watercraft)
2140 Randell Blvd
Naples, FL

What:  Pinellas Deputies are currently conducting an accident investigation involving a boat and jet ski at Lake Seminole Park.

Lake Seminole Park
10015 Park Blvd N
Seminole, FL

When:  The incident occurred this afternoon at approximately 1:43 p.m.


Deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and MAIT Team are currently conducting an accident investigation involving a 19ft Key West center console boat and a Sea Doo personal watercraft.

This afternoon at approximately 1:43 p.m. deputies responded to Lake Seminole Park to investigate a serious accident in the waterway.  While driving a 19ft Key West center console boat, Douglas Yale had two children in tow on a towable tube, Katie Yale (15) and Audree Franz (13).  As he pulled the young children on the tube, Ryan Godcharles (operating a Sea Doo personal watercraft) collided with the inner tube sending the two girls into the water.

Both children were immediately taken to a local hospital.  Yale sustained life threatening injuries and Franz had minor injuries.

Godcharles did not suffer any injuries.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor at this time.

The investigation continues.

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