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Inexperience, speed cause fatal boating accident

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigation into one of two deadly March boating accidents in Tavares determined that inexperience and the boater’s speed was what caused one boater to die, according to a newly released report.

Mark Van Winkle, 53, of Stuart died after being ejected from his boat and was struck by a passing vessel on March 17 during an exhibition on Lake Dora. The event was part of the Classic Raceboat Association’s annual Spring Thunder Regatta. Van Winkle’s boat hit the water and he was thrown from the vessel, the report said. He was struck seconds later and died instantly