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2 women injured when boat runs aground near Miami Seaquarium

A boat ran aground Sunday afternoon near Miami Seaquarim, injuring two women.
A boat ran aground Sunday afternoon near Miami Seaquarim, injuring two women.

Two women were injured Sunday when the boat they were riding in ran aground not far from the Miami Seaquarium, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue confirmed.

Just before 4:30 p.m. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's marine crews responded and found a middle-aged woman who had been thrown off the boat and into the water off Key Biscayne.

Because of the shallow ground, Fireboat North anchored about 50 yards away so a rescue diver could reach the woman, said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Erika Benitez.

According to fire rescue, the woman was taken by air rescue to Ryder Trauma Center with non life-threatening injuries.

A second woman in her mid-20s was thrown forward and landed in the berth of the vessel. She had a minor cut on her forehead and injured her right arm.

Benitez said the incident should serve as a reminder to boaters to learn the rules of the water including watching the weather, designating an operator and being aware of dangers in the water.

“Make sure someone on land knows your float plan or the general area you plan to navigate,” she said. “Also, scan the water in all directions on a regular basis for hazardous situations.”

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