Two Dead After Boat Collision near Key Biscayne


The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued ten people and recovered two bodies after two vessels collided, Friday, near Key Biscayne.

According to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard, a person involved in the boat collision notified Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders of the incident at approximately 10:30 p.m., reporting 12 people in the water about 1 mile west of Key Biscayne.

The Coast Guard Station at Miami Beach’s small boat crews and the Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew responded to the calls for help, rescuing the ten boaters and recovering one of the victim’s from the water. A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crew recovered the second victim.

“On behalf of the Coast Guard and our partner agencies, we’d like to offer our sincerest condolences to the families and friends who lost their loved ones,” said Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Tuxhorn, Coast Guard Sector Miami search and rescue mission coordinator. “The Coast Guard and our local partner agencies quickly responded and exhaustively worked together on this search and rescue case.”

According to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard, a rescue swimmer was lowered to a Station Miami Beach small boat and assisted two critically injured survivors, transferring one of them to a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crew who brought the survivor to Jackson Memorial Medical Center for higher medical care.

Station Miami Beach small boat crews transferred the remaining nine survivors to HCA Florida Mercy Hospital.

The incident is under investigation by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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