Miami-Dade County

1 dead after boat capsizes off Boca Chita Key

A rescue crew assists a man after his boat capsized in rough waters.
A rescue crew assists a man after his boat capsized in rough waters. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

A man died Sunday afternoon after a boat capsized about three miles east of Boca Chita Key.

All three passengers on board the 26-foot vessel ended up in the water. It was unclear if the others on board were injured, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reported that a 72-year-old man was in cardiac arrest when rescue crews arrived.

The 72-year-old man in cardiac arrest was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coconut Grove, where he died.

He was identified by officials Monday as Ramiro Rodriguez of Miami and the boat’s operator was identified as Carlos Amigo, 44, accordin gto CBS4. The third passenger was the 16-year-old son of the boat’s operator.

It was not known why the boat capsized, but it had been brought back to Black Point Marina.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue deployed a diver and a fire boat.

“There was a strong current and it was very choppy,” Lt. Ernie Capote said.

This year has been deadly for South Florida boaters, including a Columbus Day weekend crash that killed one woman and injured two others. On July 4, another holiday boat crash turned fatal when four people were killed.

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