3 hospitalized after boats collide near Sarasota

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Rescuers pulled nine people from the water following a boat accident near Sarasota on Sunday.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said two boats collided just south of the Stickney Point Bridge in Sarasota on Sunday afternoon.

Many of the people who went into the water were not wearing life jackets. One of the boats was still drivable, but the other had to be towed away after flipping over and capsizing.

FWC said one person was seriously injured, and three patients in total were taken to the Sarasota Memorial Hospital. In all, nine people were rescued from the water.

The circumstances surrounding the accident are still unclear. No other information was immediately available. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.