Boating Accident Off Key Biscayne Injures 2

Miami – The Coast Guard responded to a report of a personal watercraft collision north of Key Biscayne, Fla., at Bear Cut, Sunday.

The watchstander at Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Fla., received a phone call from a good Samaritan stating there had been a PWC accident and two people were seriously injured.

A Coast Guard rescue boatcrew from Station Miami Beach, an airborne HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Miami, along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Miami-Dade Marine Units, were dispatched to assist. Once on scene, officials discovered that one of the PWCs involved in the collision had left the scene leaving the two persons from the other PWC injured in the water. The driver of the PWC suffered a broken leg and was transferred to local EMS, while his 10-year-old son suffered a severed foot and was airlifted by the Dolphin helicopter crew. Both were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

FWCC, along with Miami-Dade Marine units, are investigating the incident and are currently looking for the driver of the second PWC.

Information on safe and secure boating practices can be found at the Coast Guard’s Office of Boating Safety page at http://www.uscgboating.org/ or by calling (800) 368-5647.

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