Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to call of overturned vessel near Government Cut
A Lighthouse Point couple and Fort Lauderdale woman on their boat are dead after a Saturday night crash that flipped a boat on Government Cut’s north jetty, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission said.
On Monday, FWC officially confirmed what had been previously reported: The couple are Christopher Colgan, 56, and Elisaine Colgan, married 17 years and parents of a teenage son, who was not one of the other two passengers. Their passenger who died, whose body was found Monday morning on sands near the crash site, was Fort Lauderdale resident Jennifer Munoz Cadavid, 28.
Elisaine Colgan, a licensed real estate broker, would have turned 39 Sunday. Christopher Colgan was an avid boater and fisherman. Munoz Cadavid worked at Padrino’s Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, according to the gofundme page set up by her husband, Ron McCord, to raise money for his wife’s family from Colombia.
“Jenny would help her family with living expenses at critical times often taking double shifts at her restaurant to help out,” McCord wrote.
“A 32-foot center console Cape Horn boat ... struck the south side of the north jetty,” an email from FWC said.
The crash happened at 9:18 p.m. Saturday in the same place as the 2016 crash that killed Emilio Macias, Eduardo Rivero and Marlins pitcher José Fernández.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Monday morning, “I’ve been out there at night and they’re really hard to see, especially with the background of the city lights there in your face. We need to do something about that to really light it up that says, ‘Hey, the jetty is here.’ ”
Surviving passenger Troy Forte, a 37-year-old Juno Beach resident, was found by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue divers and taken to Miami Beach Fire Rescue, which hustled him to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. According to FWC spokesman Ronald Washington, he was in stable condition as of Sunday.
A friend put on Christopher Colgan’s last Instagram post, a picture of the docked boat that posted Jan. 12, “This is one of the worst moments I’ve ever lived. My favorite couple and best ppl in this world. I love you guys so much omg.”