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14-146 Marine Unit Deputies Investigate Personal Watercraft Vs. Pontoon Boat Crash

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Marine Unit

Tarpon Springs Fire Department

Alisha Pearson-Garvey (PWC Operator – Injured)
DOB: 12/01/1982
Address: 4444 Gulfside Drive, New Port Richey

Bernard Foigt (Pontoon Boat Operator – Not Injured)
DOB: 11/15/1977
Address: 1638 Tawnyberry Court, Trinity

What:
Marine Unit deputies are investigating a personal watercraft vs. pontoon boat crash. The PWC operator sustained non-life threatening injuries.

When:
Deputies responded to the crash at about 4:37 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Where:
The crash occurred about 1/2 mile south of Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs.

Why/How:
According to Marine Unit deputies, 31-year-old Alisha Pearson-Garvey was operating a personal watercraft and turned a hard right in front of the pontoon and crashed head-on  into the vessel. Pearson-Garvey was thrown off the personal watercraft. The PWC continued underneath the vessel becoming lodged in and breaking the pontoon’s outboard motor. Pearson-Garvey sustained facial injuries.  She was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The pontoon boat operator and others (aprox. 10-12 persons) aboard the vessel were not injured.

Deputies say alcohol is not a factor in the crash.

The investigation continues.

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