Broward County

2 killed, 1 rescued when boat capsizes off the waters of Dania Beach

A vessel capsized in the waters off Dania Beach Tuesday May 23, 2017, leaving two people dead and another having to be rescued.
A vessel capsized in the waters off Dania Beach Tuesday May 23, 2017, leaving two people dead and another having to be rescued.

Two men were killed and another was rescued after a boat capsized in the waters off Dania Beach Tuesday afternoon.

It was not immediately clear what caused the 22-foot vessel to take on water and sink, said Carol Lyn Parrish, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission,

At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, a 911 call came in reporting a capsized vessel about a mile off shore.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue immediately sent its fire boat, which was already out in the water, Capt. Stephen Gollan told reporters at a news conference aired by Local 10 Tuesday afternoon.

Other agencies including Hollywood Fire Rescue, the FWC, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted with the call.

Gollan said one man from the boat was picked up by another vessel in the area. That man was not injured. Someone on the second boat called 911, he said.

Parrish said a boater was out on the water and “came across the vessel and was able to assist the survivor.”

Crews were working to remove the boat from the water, which had sunk about 30 feet.

“This is a boating accident with a double fatality and it will be an extensive investigation,” Parrish said.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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