Body of missing boater found on Miami Beach

 

The body of a boater reported missing following a capsizing off Miami Beach has been recovered, the Coast Guard said Sunday.

A helicopter located the body inside the surf line overnight at 59th Street and Collins Avenue.

The victim was identified as 48-year-old Ramon Ulloa-Rodriguez, of Hialeah, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased during this difficult time," said Capt. Chris Scraba, Coast Guard Sector Miami Commander in a news release.

The victim was one of four people onboard a 23-foot boat that ran into trouble Saturday night in rough water and capsized.

Three of the boaters were able to swim and reached shore at 63rd Street and Collins Avenue. They reported the missing fourth boater.

The missing boater had last been seen by the others hanging on to a blue and white cooler. He was not wearing a personal flotation device.

Saturday night Coast Guard Sector Miami had launched a search with the help of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and local fire and rescue crews.

FFWC is investigating the cause of the capsized vessel.

The Coast Guard said it strongly encourages all boaters to use multiple forms of safety of gear, such as:

Life jackets

EPIRBs

VHF-FM radios (cell phones aren’t always reliable offshore)

Distress signals (flares, signaling mirrors)

Sound-producing devices (air horns, whistles)

Boaters are also strongly encouraged to file a float plan before heading out to sea. For more information on boating safety, visit www.uscgboating.org.

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