2 hurt in boat collision in Stuart

Two hurt in boat crash in Stuart. (Martin County Sheriff's Office)

What started off as a beautiful day on the St. Lucie River quickly took an unexpected turn.

Two boats collided, sending two people to the hospital, according to Martin County Fire Rescue.

The crash was less than a mile from Sandsprit Park at a place called Hell’s Gate, something local fisherman Jose Abrego said is not as scary as it’s name.

“I really don't understand why that happened because there's no way, because you can see everybody and there's just no way you could do something like that,” Abrego said.

Abrego lives in Stuart and has been fishing in the waterways for years.

But instead of fishing on Tuesday, he witnessed boats speeding into the dock, two of them damaged.

“They were telling everybody, 'Hurry up! Hurry up,'” Abrego said.

Rescuers rushed the two men into the ambulances at Sandsprit Park and took them to Martin Memorial South.

“One was not moving that I know of, he was in bad condition," Abrego said. "The other one, when they put him on the stretcher he was like sitting up."

FWC would not release the names of the two people hurt nor their conditions.

However, after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, a man with a hospital band was talking with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and gathering belongings from one of the boats involved in the crash. He did not want to talk with CBS12.

The other man is still at the hospital.

The FWC is working to determine what caused the crash.

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