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Passenger describes deadly boat crash

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RUSKIN (FOX 13) -  Mariah Perez-Gonzalez has only one way to describe how she and her husband survived a boat crash in the mangroves Friday evening.

"I started praying before we hit, and I know that's what saved us," said Perez-Gonzalez.

Perez-Gonzalez, who is 7-months pregnant, went on a boat on the Little Manatee River with her husband and their friend, Sean McCarthy, 38. McCarthy promised them a good place to fish, but over the course of the journey he began drinking, according to the couple.

"We asked to go back, and at that point, I'm assuming he lost control of the boat. I don't know because I closed my eyes," said Perez-Gonzalez.

Her husband estimates they were likely going 50 miles per hour when McCarthy tried to take a corner too fast. McCarthy was thrown into the mangroves, and the couple believes their friend died on impact.

"I grabbed on to my husband, and he grabbed on to me, and we held on to the boat. We both just closed our eyes," said Perez-Gonzalez.

They were able to remain inside the boat, and both sustained a few bruises and scrapes. A doctor checked out their unborn baby and concluded all is well.

"People need to be very careful out there. You just never know what can happen," said Perez-Gonzalez.

"We were very blessed to be protected the way we were."

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