An investigation is underway following a collision between two boats near PortMiami on Sunday afternoon, resulting in over a dozen individuals sustaining injuries. The incident prompted a swift response from emergency services and law enforcement agencies.
At approximately 3:15 p.m., more than 30 personnel from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, including two fireboats and an air rescue unit, in collaboration with the City of Miami Fire, the Florida Wildlife Commission, and the U.S. Coast Guard, were mobilized to the scene in Fisherman’s Channel near Dodge Island.
According to statements from the Coast Guard, the vessels involved in the collision were identified as a tour boat and a recreational vessel. The circumstances leading to the crash are currently under investigation by authorities.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue disclosed that the scale of the incident necessitated an escalated response, citing the number of individuals affected and the requirement for additional resources. A total of 13 individuals were transported to a local hospital by responding agencies, as confirmed by MDFR, while other individuals on-site received medical evaluation before being discharged.
The collision has underscored concerns regarding maritime safety and regulations in the vicinity of PortMiami. Efforts to ascertain the root cause of the incident and prevent similar occurrences in the future are ongoing, with authorities urging vigilance and adherence to safety protocols while navigating local waterways.
As investigations continue, updates regarding the incident and the condition of those involved are anticipated to be provided by relevant authorities and emergency services.