Tourist boat overturns in alligator-infested waters

US

A man has been arrested after a boat overturned in alligator-infested waters in the Florida Everglades. 

Nine people on an airboat tour of the area – including tourists from Puerto Rico and Canada – and the driver fell into the water when the boat made a sharp turn to see an alligator but flipped over on Friday afternoon.

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The passengers were waiting to be rescued for around 10 minutes with an alligator in sight.

Pictures showed the boat partially submerged in water with some passengers standing on top waiting for help.


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One person was injured and was treated at the scene.

The boat operator was arrested for not having proof of completion of a boating safety course nor a captain’s licence issued by the US Coast Guard, Sky’s US partner network NBC News reported.

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Rain clouds begin to cover Coopertown in the Everglades, Fla., Thursday, July 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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A file picture of Coopertown in the Everglades. Pic: AP

Between 20 to 40 gallons of fuel also leaked into the water after the boat turned over.

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