Injured are recovering after Elliott Key boat crash

A two-boat accident in waters west of Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park left nine people hospitalized and recovering from their injuries on Monday.

“It was a violent collision,” said Jorge Pino, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman. “We’re very fortunate no one was killed.”

Ernesto Antonio Calzado was piloting a 36-foot Carrera with 16 passengers when his boat collided Sunday with a 28-foot Wellcraft.

The second boat was operated by Natalie Villa De Rey and had one passenger, Pino said.

Rescuers got a call at 6:37 p.m. about the crash and pulled 11 people out of the water, said Mark Barney, spokesman with the Coast Guard.

The nine victims had injuries ranging from minor cuts to at least one concussion. The passenger with the concussion had to be airlifted, Pino said.

The smaller boat sank to the bottom and was recovered at about 2:30 p.m. Monday, he said.

The damaged Carrera was towed to Black Point Marina in Cutler Bay.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel, FWC officers and Coast Guard rescuers responded to the crash.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash, Pino said.

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