A runaway boat in Florida crash landed after flying over a dock that resembled a scene from an action movie in an instant.
The Martin County Sheriff’s office said the wild scene unfolded Friday after three men said they were doing a “photo shoot” aboard the 24-foot vessel in the St. Lucie River when they somehow fell overboard.
The incident occurred in the late afternoon south of the Stuart Causeway in Stuart.
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After the group of men fell off the boat, the unmanned ship continued to orbit them as they tried to stay afloat in the river.
“The three male inmates told MCSO Marine MPs that they had to submerge several times because the boat continued to circling and nearly ran over them,” the sheriff’s office said.
The runaway ship eventually straightened – and then headed at “high speed” toward a concrete dock near the 1,500 block of St. Lucie Boulevard in Stuart.
Footage released by the sheriff’s office shows the boat hitting the dock, blowing up, and then coming to a rest after hitting another dock.
“MCSO Air-1 pilot Justin Lundsteadt stayed overhead directing naval units to passengers. Meanwhile, chief pilot, Deputy Doug Newsom, has made this incredible video,” the sheriff’s office said.
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The three men were able to swim to a nearby sailboat and avoided serious injuries.
“One of the men suffered minor injuries,” said the sheriff’s office.
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An investigation into the cause of the incident has been turned over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is investigating boating accidents.