A Miami-Dade man was killed when he fell from the rear diving platform of a luxury yacht and was sucked into the path of the vessel’s propellers.
At this time, it has not been determined by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials whether alcohol was involved or if rough seas played a factor.
This unfortunate accident comes on the eve of the Columbus Day holiday weekend when an annual flotilla of boats of all sizes and types anchor off Elliott Key to celebrate. The partying, together with alcohol and other substances, has resulted in injuries and even deaths over the years.
Various law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, FWC, Miami-Dade police and fire-rescue units and Biscayne Park National Park rangers will be patrolling the bay and local marinas this weekend on the look out “BUI” — Boating Under the Influence.
Any boats stopped will be inspected for the required safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers and life preservers, and the operators will be checked for BUI. Penalties include jail and the confiscation of the boat.
South Florida is the boating capital of the world and a lot of boat operators who would never drive under the influence of alcohol don’t think twice about operating their boat drunk. These people tend to believe that driving their boat under influence is safer than driving their cars when impaired. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, but the sad reality is that each hundreds of people are injured or even killed through boater negligence.
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