Miami Marlins confirms pitcher Jose Fernandez has been killed in boating accident
The Marlins’ game Sunday at home against the Atlanta Braves was canceled. The Braves, along with several other teams, quickly offered condolences.
Fernandez was on a vessel that hit a jetty near a harbor entrance, said Lorenzo Veloz of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The overturned boat remained in the water for several hours, its engines partially submerged as its nose pointed skyward, as debris from the crash was scattered over some of the large jagged rocks.
City of Miami Fire Rescue workers were seen carrying bodies, draped and on stretchers, at the Coast Guard station after sunrise. They were taken to the medical examiner’s office. Two bodies were found under the vessel and a third was found on the jetty.
The names of the other two individuals were withheld pending notification of relatives, the Coast Guard said.
“It does appear that speed was involved due to the impact and the severity of it,” Veloz said. “It does appear to be that they were coming at full speed when they encountered the jetty, and the accident happened.”
Fernandez died from trauma and not drowning, Veloz said, who added there was no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs were a cause in the crash. He said none of the three victims wore a life jacket.
The boat was owned by a friend of Fernandez.
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## ## The Marlins did not immediately release details, other than releasing a statement confirming the death of one of the top pitchers in baseball.
In the statement, the Marlins say they are “devastated by the tragic loss of Jos Fernndez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”