According to the US Coast Guard, two people died and ten others were injured in a boat accident on Friday evening.
Two boats collided off the coast of Key Biscayne around 10:30 p.m. and a survivor notified the Miami Coast Guard Sector of the incident.
An agency helicopter crew recovered one of the bodies from the water while another man was flown to a trauma center by a Miami-Dade fire crew.
The man was pronounced dead at the Ryder Trauma Center.
The injured were taken to various medical centers for treatment, a spokesman for the Miami Fire-Rescue said.
Two were classified as “critically injured,” said the Coast Guard. The condition of the other survivors was not immediately known.
One survivor was flown to a trauma center, according to the department, but declined treatment.
Xavier Ruiz, a witness to the crash, spoke to Local10 about the incident.
“Some people [were] They screamed in English, asked for help in Spanish, there were seven,” he said at the time.
“They said they couldn’t swim and asked for help.”
Ruiz called 911 after maneuvering his boat closer to the crash.
“We saw a woman holding a toddler and then we saw a girl who couldn’t swim, so we threw in some life jackets,” he said. “There was also a body, a floating body.”
Coast Guard spokesman Jose Hernandez told the New York Times that there were 12 people in the two boats at the time of the crash and “they were all thrown from their boats.”
It is not known how many people were in each boat.
“The Coast Guard and our local partner agencies responded quickly and worked closely together on this search and rescue incident,” said Lt Commander Benjamin Tuxhorn.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5592946/miami-florida-key-biscayne-deadly-boat-crash/ Two dead and 10 hospitalized after boats collided off Key Biscayne