We missed the Emerald Coast Poker Run this year due to conflicting schedules with the Offshore Super Series powerboat races over in Orange Beach. By most accounts the poker run was a big success this year, but it was tempered by an accident in Destin Pass during aerial filming (not part of the official event). Fortunately no one was killed, but some of the passengers did receive major injuries.
The accident victims were gracious enough to release the video of the accident to help promote boating safety. As the video shows, the boat was driving mostly south at high speed into the mouth of Destin Pass were it ‘hooked’ after landing from a big wave jump. Destin Pass, like most passes, is subject to unpredictable wave patterns due to tide/wind conflicts, shallowing water, and busy boating traffic by vessels of all sizes. To help provide context to the video, our sister website EarthNC.com – Marine Charts for Google Earth put together the simple map below with the approximate boating path. They’ve also posted a link to their online Google Earth marine chart for Destin Pass here.
Approximate Accident Path and Location