Quotes from the article:
''A kid of any age can drive a boat. There is just a completely different set of regulations,''. ``You have to get a safe boating certificate and apparently they issue a card. You can do it at any age.''
The 13 year old driver had such a card, which can be obtained by completing an online course or one of several classroom safety courses offered by groups such as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadron, according to the wildlife commission.
''There is no minimum age as long as they are able to read and understand the material and understand the test,'' wildlife commission spokesman Steve Acton said.
Those 21 and younger are required to pass a course to operate any recreational vessel with 10 horsepower or more, with a caveat: Children under 14 are not allowed to operate personal watercraft.
Apparently, the course was not enough. Something went terribly wrong.