Florida teenager killed in boating crash near Miami; 10 others injured

Written by on September 6, 2022

A 17-year-old girl died Monday after a boat with 14 passengers crashed and capsized Sunday about 16 miles off the coast of Miami.

Eleven people were injured, four critically, in the boating accident around 7 p.m. Sunday when the boat hit a channel marker near Boca Chita Key and capsized, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said in a statement to USA TODAY.

The boat involved in the crash was a 28-foot Robalo center console, according to the Miami Herald. Boca Chita Key is located within Biscayne National Park offshore of Miami-Dade County.

Lucy Fernandez, a senior at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, died Monday from injuries sustained in the accident, school officials said on social media. Hundreds gathered Monday at the all-girls Catholic high school for a prayer vigil, the school said.

Two other Lourdes students and a student at the nearby Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart were also seriously injured in the crash, the Herald reported. That school also held a rosary Monday for the victims.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also sent units to the scene, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said in a statement.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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