Miami Marlins, an American professional baseball team based in Florida, lost its pitcher José Fernández, 24, in a tragic accident after a boat he was on struck a Miami Bay jetty at high speed and overturned on Sunday September 25th. Two other yet to be identified men also lost their lives in the accident. Their bodies were found after Miami-Dade Fire Rescue were called out to Miami Beach. The photo of Jose above was taken hours before the accident yesterday...
Two bodies were found under the boat and one was found in shallow water. None was wearing life jackets, but Fernandez (pictured above) was said to have died due to impact, not drowning.
The investigation has been handed over to the police and because the boat hit a jetty, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). A representative of The FWC said:
"It does appear that speed was involved due to the impact and the severity of it. The boat seemed to be coming at full speed when they encountered the jetty, and the accident happened."
A police spokesman said that the rocks were hard to see at night, and while the boat had been used in the area it was possible the driver had sailed off-course without realizing. The investigation is ongoing, with toxicology reports yet to be performed, although neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to be factors.
Fernandez, who defected from Cuba aged just 15, became American in 2015. He is survived by his family and pregnant girlfriend, Carla Mendoza.