Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Tarpon Springs Fire Department
Alisha Pearson-Garvey (PWC Operator – Injured)
Address: 4444 Gulfside Drive, New Port Richey
Bernard Foigt (Pontoon Boat Operator – Not Injured)
Address: 1638 Tawnyberry Court, Trinity
Marine Unit deputies are investigating a personal watercraft vs. pontoon boat crash. The PWC operator sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Deputies responded to the crash at about 4:37 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2014.
The crash occurred about 1/2 mile south of Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs.
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.