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23WIFR is reporting a recent airboat ride in Florida ended in tragedy.  While details are scars the April 02, 2020, post by Courtney.Sisk@WIFR.com [815-987-5330] with WIRF.COM, provides the Sofola family, Keith (father), Karen (mother), Luke (son) and Lexi (daughter), while vacationing in Florida first enjoyed a morning swimming with manatees followed by an airboat ride and collision described by Keith as, “Immediately there was another boat right there.”

A head-on collision followed, tossing the Solofo family from the boat.  Fortunately, the two children, Luke and Lexi, suffered minor injuries.  However, Karen and Luke were not so fortunate.  After realizing what had occurred, Keith yelled to his son Luke, who responded, “Dad, mom’s hurt.”  Karen at the time was clinging to her son while still in the water.  Karen’s legs were broken, and her left foot was severed.

Keith suffered broken facial bones, a severe concussion and broken arm.  Despite his injuries, Keith hoisted his wife onto a boat, apparently belonging to a “good samaritan,” who say what happened and quickly came to the aid of the Sofola’s family.

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