Man, 52, killed in boating accident; 4-year-old girl injured

A man and child were rushed to area hospitals after a boat crash in Clearwater. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission authorities since identified the operator of the Jet Ski as 52-year-old Craig Butz, of Altamonte Springs, Florida.

It happened about 4:48 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 23) in the waters near Bay Esplanade near Clearwater Beach.

Craig Butz, 52, was critically injured in the collision and a 4-year-old girl on the vessel with him had serious injuries, officials said.

Both of their names have not been released at this time.

The crash involved a jet ski and a center console boat.

The FWC is continuing to investigate the accident, the release stated.

Stay on for more updates on this developing story.

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