4 Dead in Miami Boat Crash
Details of the Miami Boating Accident
According to Reuters, the incident began after two boats collided in the dark waters near a marina just south of downtown Miami. The impact sent one of the boats spinning – the boat then crashed into a third boat near the marina.
At least 12 people were thrown into the water. A convoy of boats began combing the area, pulling victims from the water and transporting them to a motorcade of rescue vehicles.
A spokesman for the city of Miami’s fire rescue department, Lieutenant Ignatius Carroll, confirmed that one man and one woman died after being transported to an area hospital. Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission, stated that two other victims, a man and a woman, were found dead in the water Saturday.
At least seven other people were transported to the hospital following the accident. Authorities are continuing investigations into the crash.
Boat Accident Statistics
Following information provided by the U.S. Coast Guard:
- In 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard recorded 4,515 boating accidents which resulted in 651 deaths and 3,000 injuries.
- The most common accident types were:
- Collision with recreational vehicles: 1,010 incidents reported
- Flooding/swamping: 509 incidents reported
- Collision with fixed object: 475 incidents reported
- Grounding: 422 incidents reported
- Skier mishap: 387 incidents reported
- The most common causes of death in boating accidents:
- Cardiac arrest
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- 71 percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and 85 percent of those victims were not wearing a life jacket.