Following the deadly crash off Dinner Key, see /?p=143395, several groups are seeking regulations to curb speeding after dark in these popular and congested waters. Our thanks to Chuck Baier for bringing this article to SSECN.
Safe boating efforts build after tragic crash on July 4th
There’s momentum building to how recreational boating can be made safer after the tragic Fourth of July crash on Biscayne Bay.
BY SUE COCKING
Since the Fourth of July boating crash on Biscayne Bay ‘” the worst in Miami-Dade County in recent memory ‘” members of the recreational boating community have launched an informal but passionate campaign to try to prevent similar tragedies.
Four people died and several others were seriously hurt when a 32-foot Contender broadsided a 36-foot Carrera, then struck a Boston Whaler following holiday fireworks. The skipper of the Contender, 23-year-old Andrew Garcia and two of his passengers, Kelsie Karpiak, 24, and Victoria Dempsey, 20, were killed, along with Carrera passenger Jason Soleimani, 23.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is in charge of the investigation, said evidence of alcohol was found aboard the Contender. No charges have been filed.
The accident happened about 10:30 p.m. off Coconut Grove’s Dinner Key, despite a heavy on-water law enforcement presence. Witnesses described a chaotic scene, as hundreds of boats zig-zagged across the bay in a race to reach local boat ramps and marinas after the fireworks.