Thanksgiving Day Dive Boat Accident Leaves 1 Dead

POMPANO BEACH, Florida- A tragic Thanksgiving Day accident has left one woman dead after a South Florida dive boat capsizes early Thursday afternoon outside the Hillsboro Inlet.

Nina Poppelsdorf, 54, of Sandia Park, New Mexico, was pronounced dead at Broward Health North hospital Thursday after being pulled from the water off Hillsboro Inlet. Three others were taken to the hospital and were treated and released. Others on the boat reported minor injuries.

Poppelsdorf was in Florida on a dive trip with her nephew, who is from Pennsylvania. A Broward County Sheriff’s Office spokesman stated “They just went on this fun trip together to just do dives,” and went on to say “So this is especially tragic that it was on Thanksgiving and it ended in tragedy.”

A group of 21 passengers and 2 crew members were aboard The 45 foot Corinthian catamaran Coral Princess, owned and operated by South Florida Diving Headquarters in Pompano Beach and were returning from a morning dive trip when it was struck and capsized by a massive wave while entering the Hillsboro Inlet. Rescue operations were conducted by Lifeguards using waverunners and other private boats came to the assistance.

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