Key Biscayne

Woman airlifted to Jackson after head-first plunge into sandbar on Key Biscayne

WATER RESCUE: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue paramedics prepare a woman for transport after she dove head first off of a boat into the shallow waters of Nixon’s Beach on Key Biscayne.,
WATER RESCUE: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue paramedics prepare a woman for transport after she dove head first off of a boat into the shallow waters of Nixon’s Beach on Key Biscayne., Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

A woman was injured Sunday after diving head-first off of a boat and onto a sandbar at the popular boater’s hangout, Nixon Beach.

The unidentified woman was treated by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and taken by helicopter to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Her injuries were to be determined at the hospital, said firefighter Michelle Fayed, spokeswoman for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

“The extent of the injuries were significant enough that we felt we needed to airlift her,” Fayed said.

The waters of Nixon Beach, named for the 37th president of the United States who had a winter home in Key Biscayne in the early 1970s, are shallow and a gathering place for people who party on their boats and for shallow wading.

“The weekend has been busy for us in these parts. The combination of a good time and liquor sometimes prompts busy weekends,” Fayed said.

But intermittent rain has helped keep Sunday afternoon manageable, she said.

“This year is a little slower than last year. The weather has been off and on, raining, so it’s a bit quieter than expected.”

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