2 rushed to hospital after boat crash on Ortega River

FWC says total of 6 people were on boat

Photo: Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department
Photo: Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department

Two people were rushed to a hospital after a crash Friday night on the Ortega River, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

At least one person was said to have serious injuries, according to Eric Proswimmer, spokesperson for JFRD said. Karen Parker, with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said six people were on board the boat.

Prosswimmer said a portion of the Ortega Bridge that had been raised was coming down, and when the boater tried to get under, the boat made contact with the bridge.

The JFRD spokesperson said the bridge would require inspection before it could be raised again. Late in the night, News4Jax noticed the drawbridge being raised and traffic on the water moving under the bridge.

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