Followup: One Dead, One Injured in Port Canaveral Accident

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – One man is dead and another was injured after a 24-foot boat and a 28-foot boat collided approximately eight-miles east of Port Canaveral at about 6:20 a.m.

Christopher Diaz, 46, and his son, Christian Jensen, 22, both of Oviedo, Fla., were piloting the 24-foot boat and Eric Cropp, 39, of Merritt Island, Fla., Antonio Giambanco, 18, of Titusville, Fla., and Giaseeppe, 14, of Titusville were piloting the 28-foot boat during the vessel collision.

Coast Guard crews from Station Port Canaveral heard a mayday call broadcast by Giambanco and launched to rescue boats to respond to the incident. The Miss Katherine, piloted by Ben Dibiase, was in the area. Passengers aboard the Miss Katherine pulled Jensen from the water but couldn’t pull Diaz from the water.

Diaz was unconscious and unresponsive when Coast Guard crews from Station Port Canaveral arrived to assist him. Crews pulled Diaz from the water and conducted CPR on him for more than 20-minutes until local EMS crews at Sunrise Marina in Port Canaveral concluded that all efforts to revive him were exhausted.

Jensen suffered a laceration to his foot. Coast Guard crews transferred him to their boat and transported him to EMS at Sunrise Marina for treatment.

Coast Guard crews escorted Giambanco back to Station Port Canaveral on his 28-foot vessel. Diaz’s vessel was capsized and is being salvaged by a commercial salvage company.

Investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are investigating the incident to determine how the accident occurred.

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