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A bloody weekend for boaters in South Florida as crashes send 11 to hospital

Three children and one adult injured in boat explosion at Black Point Marina

A boat explosion on Sunday in South Miami-Dade sent four people to trauma centers, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said.
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A boat explosion on Sunday in South Miami-Dade sent four people to trauma centers, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said.

A boat explosion on Sunday in South Miami-Dade sent four people to trauma centers, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said.

Two children were taken to trauma centers by helicopter and another child and an adult by ambulance.

The cause of the explosion, which didn’t cause major damage to the boat, remains under investigation. The incident, which happened between 8:30 and 9 a.m., called over 10 Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units to Black Point Marina, 24775 SW 87th Ave.

On Sunday afternoon, a personal water craft crashed into a boat, sending three people to the hospital, according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

“We received reports of a personal watercraft that collided with a watercraft nearby Picnic Island, which is right off 21st Street and Bayshore Drive,” said Miami Fire-Rescue’s Capt. Ignatius Carroll.

And late Saturday night, a boat crash in the Intracoastal near a Fort Lauderdale bar injured four people.

National Safe Boating Week started Saturday and runs through May 26. The National Weather Service is promoting a different safety tip each day, including wearing life jackets and having fire extinguishers on board.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue recommends that each privately owned or rented vessel do a thorough safety check before leaving the dock, spokeswoman Erika Benitez said.

Also, Benitez passed along a few boating safety tips:

▪ Vapor explosions and flashes can occur without warning.

▪ Once there’s a problem, identify the source, seek safe harbor and relay any emergency concerns via cellphone or over VHF Channel 16.

▪ Eliminate any possible sources of ignition, including electronics and anything you smoke.

▪ Open hatches to increase ventilation and allow ignitable fumes to dissipate.

▪ Have proper U.S. Coast Guard-approved safety equipment at the ready.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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