Miami-Dade County

Boater who died in Miami capsizing was visiting from Cuba

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

The man who died when his boat capsized over the weekend was visiting from Cuba to see a new grandson.

Ramiro Rodriguez, 72, was set to return home with his wife on Dec. 9.

Three people were on the boat and they didn’t anchor the boat securely, according to officials. The 26-footer flipped in windy, rough conditions after water rushed over the stern Sunday afternoon three miles east of Boca Chita Key.

“I don’t have the words to express my loss,” said Rodriguez’s daughter Idalia. “I have a month old baby, Christian, and he came from Cuba to see him.”

His family said he wanted to go fishing for the day.

“He loved to go fishing,” said his wife, Emma Rodriguez. “He enjoyed it so much.”

“Once the boat turned over, I saw that my son was safe,” said Carlos Amigo, Sr. “I got down in the cabin and took my father-in-law out of the cabin.”

Amigo was operating the boat with his father-in-law, and 16 year-old son, Carlos Amigo, Jr. on board.

“I was breathing – giving him mouth to mouth,” Amigo said. “He was still alive.”

Amigo had a water proof Galaxy cellphone with him and when he finally got a signal FWC was on scene within 15 minutes. Rodriguez was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coconut Grove, where he died.

“It’s a very, very hard thing,” said Emma Rodriguez. “We were going to return to Cuba soon.”