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Investigation continues into fatal boat crash

Alicia and Franklin Babb 052713 (Courtesy of Danielle Rienks, daughter of Franklin Babb.)
Family photo of Alicia and Franklin Babb, couple who were ejected from the boat they were traveling in on Sunday night in St. Augustine. Franklin Babb and Warren Hall died at the scene. Alicia Babb was taken to a local hospital. (Courtesy of Danielle Rienks, daughter of Franklin Babb.)
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Updated: 5/27/2013 7:38 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The holiday weekend ended in tragedy for a St. Augustine family after a boating accident left two people dead and one injured.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife is investigating what caused the deadly crash in the intercoastal waterway just south of the Bridge of Lions.

According to investigators, a boat collided with a residential dock belonging to a home in the neighborhood of Pelican Reef about 10 p.m. Sunday.

Aboard the boat were 52-year-old Franklin Babb, his wife 50-year-old Alicia Babb and 52-year-old Warren Hall. All three were ejected into the water.

The only survivor was Alicia Babb.

"I got a phone call this morning from my brother and mother pretty much telling me that my dad was gone," said Danielle Rienks, Franklin Babb's daughter.

The group was headed toward the Vilano boat ramp when their 16-foot open motor boat hit the dock. Rienks said the news has left the whole family in a state of shock.

"He was an amazing father, he had the biggest heart in the world," said Rienks.

A spokesperson with the Florida Fish and Wildlife said Alicia Babb was rescued by fishermen who were nearby and heard the crash. Her family tells Action News she suffered from a severe laceration to her arm and has undergone surgery but is expected to make a full recovery.

The bodies of Hall and Franklin Babb were recovered near the collision site.

Rienks said her dad died doing what he loved to do.

"He has a love for fishing honestly, probably the biggest place in his heart was for fishing. He loved the water and loved St. Augustine," said Rienks.

Investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife said they will try to re-enact the crash to determine how fast the vessel was traveling and whether alcohol was a factor.
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