Sunday, July 6, 2014

Florida: Three Pleasure Boats Collide Off Miami, Hit-and-Run Alleged

According to The Los Angeles Times, three people were killed and one remains missing after three pleasure boats collided in waters off Miami on Friday night (July 4) during the Independence Day celebrations.

Miami firefighters rushed to Dinner Key Marina at 2300 hours after getting a call about three boats colliding with each other off Coconut Grove, a tourist area of Miami.

A total of nine people were taken to hospitals: two to the Kendall Regional Medical Center, three to Mercy Hospital and four to Jackson Ryder Trauma, Local 10 channel reported.

Jorge Pino of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that of the four people taken to Jackson Ryder Trauma, two later died, a man and a woman.

Miami firefighters found three people in the water, but said that further investigation may discover that more are missing.

Up to now, the names of victims and survivors have not been revealed.

COMMENT: The investigations are currently focused on determining who was in each of the three boats involved in the crash and how many people there were in all.

One can only hope that blood alcohol screenings were promptly ordered on all adults, given the collisions occurred on July 4.

Several media say that two children ages 3 and 5 were in the accident, although the children were not injured and are safely back in the hands of their grandparents.

All of the vessels have been towed to the Dinner Key Marina so that the investigation can continue. 

This report will be updated as new information is received.