Sunday, July 09, 2006


1 dead, 4 injured after go-fast boat rams Coast Guard vessel

By Kelli Kennedy
The Associated Press
Posted July 8 2006, 4:41 PM EDT

MIAMI -- A woman died and four others were injured early Saturday after an overloaded go-fast boat repeatedly rammed a U.S. Coast Guard vessel off the Florida Keys, authorities said.

The Coast Guard attempted to intercept the 36-foot go-fast boat with 31 Cubans and 3 smugglers aboard around 6:30 a.m., Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer James Judge said.

The boat ignored orders to stop about 40 miles south of Key West and rammed into the Coast Guard vessel more than five times, Judge said. Coast Guard officials then fired two shots into the vessel's engine to disable it, he said.

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