Surveillance video was released of a boat crashing into a popular beachfront restaurant south of Tampa, Fla., and it’s amazing that the skipper didn’t kill anyone.
The 39-foot 2011 Sea Vee center console with quad 300-hp Mercury Verado outboards crashed into the Sunset Grill on Feb. 23 in foggy conditions. After riding up the beach, the boat partially entered the restaurant, narrowly missing several customers.
Take a look at the crash from a surveillance camera inside the building.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigators say alcohol was not involved, but they are trying to determine how fast the boat was going. They say intense fog was certainly a factor in the crash.
The absence of serious injuries is shocking, considering the carnage.
Tim Sanborn told WHLT News that he was sitting in a white plastic chair in the sand that the Sea Vee smashed as it slammed into the Sunset Grill.
"It sounded like a freight train," Sanborn said.
The only thing that saved him was the feeling that he needed to send his girlfriend an email. He stepped away from the beach minutes before the crash.
The boat's captain is charged with reckless operation, according to a report by WJBF News. The first-degree misdemeanor carries a possible one-year sentence and a $1,000 fine.
There were seven people on the See Vee, according to a report by ABC Action News. Two had minor injuries, and one of them was taken to a hospital.