When accidents happen at sea they can be deadly be it on the James River or off the coast of Florida.
I was shocked to read about an accident in Miami, Florida in which three boats collided near a Miami marina at the end of a fireworks display, killing four people and injuring a dozen others in a terrible scene that left bodies and survivors tossed overboard.
According to Associated Press reports, multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the accident on Friday night near the Dinner Key Marina in Miami, with police officers plucking several people out of the water. The boaters were celebrating the Fourth of July holiday.
Rescuers said one boater told them he had been hit by another vessel and that his 36-foot pleasure craft was taking on water, authorities said.
“We kept getting report after report of more people in the water,” Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll said.
Eight people were transported to Miami hospitals. Tragically, Two of them, man and a woman, later died of their injuries. Relatives of a third victim found her body in the water on Saturday, and investigators found another body later on Saturday. The identities of the victims are yet to be released.
“My understanding is they may have been out there enjoying the fireworks display, and typically after the fireworks are over, everyone makes a mad dash for the nearest marina,” stated Jorge Pino, a public information officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Although it’s too early to speculate on the reason for this accident, we are well aware of the dangers of boating. If a celebration was underway alcohol may have been a factor in this tragedy.
If you are out on the waters of Virginia such as the Chesapeake Bay, Hampton Roads, the James River or the waters off Virginia Beach, you should take the utmost caution and never drink alcohol if you are steering a boat. If you have been injured in a boating accident due to the fault of another call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077.