Miami-Dade County

Crews rescue diver, man and children in separate incidents on the water

Two lifeguards rescue a man and two children Sunday from an overturned Jet-Ski in the waters near Haulover Cut.
Two lifeguards rescue a man and two children Sunday from an overturned Jet-Ski in the waters near Haulover Cut.

Separate incidents on the water — including one that sent a diver to the hospital in critical condition — kept Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews busy Sunday.

First crews responded to Tenneco Towers, an artificial reef in the waters off Northeast Miami-Dade, for a diver who was in distress.

An air crew responded at about 11 a.m. first and was joined by a fire boat. The diver, who was unresponsive, was hoisted to the helicopter and taken to the hospital.

Not too long after, Ocean Rescue lifeguards responded to the waters near Haulover Cut to a report of an overturned Jet-Ski. Two small children and an adult were rescued.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Erika Benitez said safety should be everyone’s top priority.

“There have been a lot of incidents lately on the water,” she said.

Last month, an 18-year-old drowned after he jumped into the Haulover Inlet. Rescuers searched for hours until they found Darrius Rhome, a senior at Carol City High and member of its baseball team, who likely got caught in the rough current.

A few days before Rhome drowned, a 31-year-old man drowned in waters off Nixon Beach after getting caught up in the storms.

“We want to remind everyone the importance have having the proper gear and a working GPS,” Benitez said. “It helps rescuers locate the incident and flotation devices can save your life.”

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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