ST. PETERSBURG (FOX13) - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is working to determine if alcohol was a factor in a boat collision that killed one person and injured others Friday evening.
On Sunday, FWC corrected a report released Saturday, which said alcohol was involved. Now the agency says it is unknown if alcohol contributed to the crash.
Five people were involved in the crash. Philip Stock, who turned 38 years old just the day before, was killed. Public records show Stock was a real estate broker in St. Petersburg. He was also a husband and father, according to social media profiles.
FWC said James Garvey, 54, of Lutz, was driving a Parker motorboat east out of Bayboro Harbor. In the boat with Garvey was Lara Sieder, 44, of Tampa, and Chad Angell, 58, of Odessa.
FWC said the Parker was coming out of the slow speed zone, at low speed, entering the channel. That's when a Tidewater motorboat carrying Stock and Matthew Mann, 40, of St. Petersburg, came from the south and hit the Parker's starboard quarter. After hitting the Parker, the Tidewater hit the seawall at the U.S. Coast Guard St. Petersburg Station, then spun out of control, hitting another section of the seawall. FWC officials are still trying to determine who was operating the Tidewater and who was the passenger.
Coast Guard rescue crews provided immediate assistance until St. Petersburg Fire Rescue crews arrived.
They pronounced Philip Stock dead at the scene. Matthew Mann and Chad Angell, a passenger in the Parker, were both injured.
FWC is continuing to investigate the collision.