Records detail response times to deadly…

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Found on: 2022-09-07 23:08:11

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – Now that the boat is in the hands of state investigators, Local 10 News is learning new details about how long it took authorities to respond to a boat accident off Boca Chita Cay on Sunday night that left a girl 17-year-old dead and other adolescents wounded.

Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the vessel, operated by George Pino, struck a channel marker near North Key Largo on its way to Ocean Reef.

All 14 people on board were thrown from the boat, injuring several and killing 17-year-old Lucy Fernandez.

FWC officials said alcohol was not a factor in the crash and the agency did not notify the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office. A spokesperson for State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said that if there is evidence of criminal acts, the FWC would contact them.


Local 10 News investigated agencies’ response times to the deadly crash.

According to the US Coast Guard, the agency received a call, relayed through the 911 system, about the wreck at 6:50 p.m. that night, minutes after the accident.

Within five minutes, the Coast Guard diverted their nearest unit, and within 10 minutes, a Good Samaritan retrieved three people from the water.

At 7:17 p.m., Miami-Dade Firefighters airlifted out one seriously injured person and at 7:48 p.m., the Coast Guard recovered two more people, airlifting them to Ocean Reef at 8 p.m.

“We alerted all first responders and public watercraft of the emergency and the location to ensure that federal, state, local and civilian good samaritans could try to get there as quickly as possible and render aid,” a Guard spokesman said. Coastal United States.

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