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2 Jacksonville residents injured in boat accident

News Release

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

A Jacksonville man and his 4-year-old son were injured Tuesday night when the boat the father was operating ran into a dock at Pottsburg Creek.

Wayne Allen Lipscomb, 35, and his son, Ty Lipscomb, were taken to Shands Hospital after their vessel ran into the dock. The boy's mother, Amber Wehr Lipscomb, 33, and Jonathan D. Wehr, 26, (Amber's brother) were also aboard when the accident occurred but were not injured.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at 7:26 p.m. Tuesday. Officers responded, and the injured man and boy were taken to the hospital. Their injuries were serious but not life-threatening.

The child was the only one wearing a life jacket, according to FWC officers.

From the preliminary investigation, Lipscomb said he had just left the ramp at Pottsburg Creek but decided it was too dark to venture farther. He was returning to the boat ramp when he ran into the dock near the ramp.

The vessel is a 17-foot, 1985 Astroglass, owned by Lipscomb. Officers will retrieve the damaged boat from the dock today.

The FWC is continuing the investigation.



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