Miami Marlins pitcher, José Fernandez was killed in a boating accident early Sunday.
The 24-year-old Marlins ace and two other men crashed along a jetty near Government Cut and flipped the boat. Fernandez owned the 32-foot SeaVee.
Investigators do not believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident. Toxicology tests were performed as part of autopsies, but results have not been released.
A Coast Guard Cutter found the boat around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Police divers found two bodies under the boat, submerged in water washing over the jetty. A third body was found on the ocean floor nearby around 4:15 a.m.
Authorities said the accident was a high-speed impact into the boulders that killed all three men. None were wearing their life jackets.
As friends and family mourn, investigators are trying to reconstruct the last hours before the fatal crash.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard data, in 2015, there were over 4,000 recreational boating accidents that involved 626 deaths. Where cause of death was known, 75% of fatal victims drowned. Of those victims, 85% weren’t wearing a life jacket. 71% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction.
When you operate a boat, you hold the responsibility to keep your passengers safe. Always pay attention to your surroundings and weather updates to know what to expect when you’re out in the water. Educate yourself and receive the training you need before you get on a boat.
If you’re injured in a boating accident, our experienced personal injury lawyers are here to help you through the entire process after an accident. At Bergener Mirejovsky, we understand how complicated boating accident claims can be. Call us today at 1-800-881-2021 for a free case review any hour of the day.