Miami-Dade County

1 killed, 2 injured in personal watercraft accident

One person was killed and two people were injured Sunday afternoon when the personal watercraft they were riding on slammed into a channel marker near Picnic Island, between the Venetian Causeway and 79th Street, according the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The accident happened about 4:30 p.m. Sunday and did not involve any other vessels, according to Lorenzo Veloz, a FWC spokesman.

Veloz said a 23-year-old man was driving the watercraft with two women behind him and was “doing loop de loops and circles at a high rate of speed.”

“He lost control and hit a channel marker,” Veloz said. The man flew of the watercraft and hit the marker. The two women also were thrown from the vessel.

A “Good Samaritan,” Veloz said, saw what happened and quickly pulled the man — who was face down — out of the water and began doing CPR.

When Miami Fire Rescue crews arrived they took over and “were able to find a pulse,” Veloz said. The man later died at Ryder Trauma Center. One woman suffered injuries to her leg and another person had bruises, Veloz said.

Both were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. By Sunday evening one woman had been released and the other was in stable condition.

Veloz called the accident “a tragedy.”

“When you are out on the water having fun it is not something you expect to happen,” he said.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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