Jose Fernandez, a pitcher for the Miami Marlins, died Sunday is a tragic boat accident that killed two other men. Fernandez, who was thought of as a community asset on and off the mound, is thought to have died instantly as the 32-foot SeaVee crashed into the rocks bear the entrance of Miami Harbor, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In the rescue effort, it was discovered that nobody onboard was wearing a life vest.
Accidents on the water are not new in the world of sports, but the death of Jose Fernandez is one of the most tragic as of late. Earlier this summer, pro football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp had a run in with a shark off the Florida Keys, according to the Inquisitr. Sapp was out lobstering with friends when he reached for a lobster and was bitten on the arm by a shark.
The Miami Marlins, devastated by the death of Jose Fernandez, canceled Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, and released a statement confirming Fernandez’s death, says the Washington Post.
“The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”
Three people are confirmed dead in the crash, which happened at around 3:15 a.m. according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Todd Garofalo.
“They found a boat that was up against the jetties. They did do an initial search and they found three victims — two on top of the water, one underneath the boat and they had unfortunately passed away.”
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Lorenzo Veloz of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says that nobody was wearing a life vest, which might have made a difference. The boat, a 32-foot SeaVee, was thought to be going at full speed when it hit the rocks and flipped. Veloz says that he does not believe that drugs or alcohol was a factor.
“It does appear that speed was involved due to the impact and the severity of it. It does appear to be that they were coming at full speed when they encountered the jetty, and the accident happened.”
Veloz said that the boat did not belong to Fernandez, but rather to someone close to the Marlins organization. Veloz said that the vessel is no stranger to those policing the harbor.
“I have stopped that boat before for safety inspections with other Marlins players on board. We know that this boat knows the area. We just can’t answer why this happened.”
It will take an autopsy to see if the men died from the crash or from drowning.
TMZ is reporting that Jose Fernandez and friends were at a Miami waterfront hotspot about 90 minutes before the crash. The boat was at American Social Bar & Kitchen at around 2 a.m. When asked if Fernandez and friends were drinking at the bar, the source for the establishment would only confirm that the party was indeed at the bar.
American Social Bar & Kitchen has a dock for boaters to pull up and is said to be close to where the boat carrying Fernandez and friends ultimately crashed.
First responders saw no evidence of alcohol on board, but toxicology tests at autopsy will determine if drugs or alcohol were actually a factor in the early morning crash.
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