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FWC officer injured in boating accident

News Release

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer was injured Saturday evening when he was involved in a boating accident on the Santa Fe River.

FWC Officer Billy Giles, 34, was on water patrol near the Santa Fe River County Park Ramp when he lost control of his boat and was ejected into the river.

According to FWC officials, the boat circled around to the right, narrowly missing the officer. It came around a second time, bearing down on Giles. He attempted to grab onto the vessel but lost his grip and was pulled under the boat and struck by the propeller.

Giles was able to walk to the boat ramp and was assisted there by a person who called 911. Giles was transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where he underwent surgery for lacerations on his legs.

Giles is doing well and expected to make a full recovery, according to FWC officials.

Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office personnel are investigating the accident.

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