MIAMI ( Associated Press) – Two people were killed and 10 were rescued after their boats collided overnight near Key Biscayne in southern Florida. Coast Guard and local officials gave this information.
The Coast Guard said one of those involved in the accident informed the agency of the incident, which happened at 10:30 p.m. Friday.
According to officials, two bodies were recovered during the rescue operation, one by the Miami Beach Coast Guard Station and one by the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Service.
The Coast Guard said in a statement that one of its aircrew aboard the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter was instrumental in handling the emergency.
A rescue swimmer was also sent to assist two seriously injured people, one of whom was taken to Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
According to officials, nine other survivors were shifted to another hospital. Their names have not been released.
“On behalf of the Coast Guard and our allied agencies, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends who lost their loved ones,” said Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Tuxhorn, Coast Guard Sector Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator in Miami.
He said the Coast Guard and the first emergency teams were fully engaged in the search and rescue operation.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the collision.