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

***Update***

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

See original release below.

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Who:
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)
4-14-69
5863 Blossom Lake Drive
Seminole, FL

Katie Yale (sustained life threatening injuries)
2-6-98
5863 Blossom Lake Drive
Seminole, FL

Aubree Franz (sustained minor injuries)
8-5-00
3177 64th Way North
St. Petersburg, FL

Ryan Godcharles (operator of Sea Doo personal watercraft)
6-2-92
2140 Randell Blvd
Naples, FL

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

Where:
Lake Seminole Park
10015 Park Blvd N
Seminole, FL

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

How/Why:  

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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