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FWC completes boating accident investigation, arrests Naples man

News Release

Friday, July 24, 2015

Media contact: Officer Jorge Pino, 561-723-1417

Thursday, July 23, officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) arrested Jeffrey Jackmack (DOB 06/16/1970) of Naples for BUI manslaughter. Jackmack turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken to jail in Naples.

Jackmack was the operator of a vessel involved in a fatal Collier County boating accident on June 2, 2013. He was operating a 15-foot center console boat in Dollar Bay when the boat struck a channel marker head-on. He and his two passengers were ejected from the boat. One of the passengers, Neil Felder (DOB 06/08/1951), died as a result of his injuries. The other two occupants were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The FWC worked with the State Attorney’s Office to investigate this accident and ultimately charge Jackmack. He was determined to have been impaired by alcohol and had recently used drugs at the time of the accident. Jackmack was charged with BUI manslaughter, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

“We appreciate the partnership with the State Attorney’s Office to bring closure to this tragic case,” said Maj. Alfredo Escanio, FWC’s Regional Commander for the area. “But this is not a cause for celebration. Boating accidents like this one are avoidable and boaters need to do their part to protect themselves and others.”

The FWC reminds boaters of the dangers of operating a vessel while impaired and encourages boaters to designate a sober operator. More information is available at MyFWC.com/Boating.

“We will continue to do our best to educate Florida boaters and keep our waterways safe,” Escanio said.



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