All 13 people were rescued when their pontoon sank last week in Anclote River.

The pontoon boat was rented from The Carefree Boat Club in Tarpon Springs. The club declined comment but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says the boat should never have been on the water in the first place with conditions so bad.

A worker at the club said the people who rented it knew the conditions and that only 8 people were supposed to be on the boat, not 13.

Boaters need to take responsibility for their own safety, but the club could have been more responsible in not renting on a bad weather day.

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