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Homosassa woman seriously injured in airboat accident

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

A Homosassa woman was seriously injured in an airboat accident Sunday on the Withlachoochee River.

Nicole Lee Aspinwall (DOB 10/03/81) was with Robert Joseph Miller (DOB 10/22/75) and her children, Tyler Eversoll (DOB 01/12/97) and Hailey Dickens (DOB 05/30/01), according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators.

The four were parked on the dry riverbed at the Rutland flats off the Withlacoochee River. The airboat wasn’t running. At about 1:30 p.m., Miller cranked the motor, thinking that Aspinwall was getting into the vessel. However, she was at the left rear corner of the vessel, believed to be reaching into the transom area of the airboat to retrieve something she saw in the back there, FWC investigators said. 

Aspinwall was struck by the airboat’s three-blade propeller, causing life-threatening injuries.

She was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital and admitted.

FWC officials are investigating the accident.



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