A Miami, Florida boating accident sent a 14-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy to the hospital Sunday, press reports indicate. The two victims were taken to the Mount Sinai Hospital, the teenage girl with critical injuries to one of her legs. Police are conducting an investigation to determine what caused the accident. The identities of those involved in the crash have not been released. It is unclear whether the victim’s families will file for damages.
According to reports, the accident occurred in the northern portion of Biscayne Bay near the Julia Tuttle Causeway. Biscayne Bay stretches 35 miles along the southern coast of Florida and is a popular with tourists and locals alike. The tepid, calm waters are ideal for a number of water sports, including parasailing, skiing, and tubing.
The incident occurred when a group of boaters was on the water at around noon on Sunday. The 14-year-old victim fell off an inner tube and became caught in a boat’s propeller. “We were able to get her free,” said rescue team spokesperson. “Get her aboard my vessel, and take the young lady and the other child that was injured over to Mount Sinai Hospital for them to take care of them.”
It is currently unclear how the young boy was injured. Information regarding the victims’ conditions was not immediately available following the incident. The girl sustained severe lacerations to one of her legs, reports say.
Biscayne Bay is host to a number of boating accidents every year. In September 2009, 27-year-old Carlos Alberto Fernandez was 4.5.13 Miami Boat Collision.pdf killed in a boating accident in the bay. The accident occurred at night as Fernandez was driving his Yamaha watercraft at high speeds in a low-speed area, reports say. Fernandez’s vessel was not properly equipped to drive in the night and, as a result, he failed to see a 22-foot yacht in his path. Fernandez collided with the yacht and died at the scene. The family on the yacht was uninjured.
In other accident-related news, a man was killed in a West Palm Beach accident Tuesday, reports say. The man was ejected from his vehicle and struck by a truck during the accident; he was pronounced dead at the scene. The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation and it is unclear what conditions led to the accident. It is also unclear whether speed played a role in the accident.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 1:15 Tuesday afternoon at the Australian Avenue overpass on Okeechobee Boulevard. The details surrounding the accident are unclear; the victim reportedly somehow crashed his vehicle below the overpass. The accident ejected the man from his vehicle and he landed in the road. Reports say a passing truck then struck him.
Paramedics arrived on the scene and pronounced the victim dead. The FHP is still investigating the crash and could not say whether speed played a role in the crash. The victim’s identity is being withheld until investigators locate his next of kin. It appears as though the victim was the only person in the vehicle during the accident, and no one else is believed to have been injured.