Sunday, September 25, 2016

SPEED KILLS, SLOW DOWN EVEN IN WATER: Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 2 others killed in Miami high speed boat crash with a jetty in Florida

Coast Guard, state, local agencies locate three bodies 23 miles southeast of Islamorada. 

it appears speed was a factor in #JoseFernandez boat crash, however, no sign of alcohol/drugs at this time, pending autopsy results.   Authorities say Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was not wearing a life vest when he was killed in boating crash.

The boat was apparently traveling at full speed, which can be between 55 and 65 mph, when it hit the jetty, capsized, and landed upside down on the rocks.  Young men, especially Hispanics and blacks, are known to speed on the highways and at sea.  Some of them end paying for it with their lives.  The male brain apparently does not fully mature until the mid-twenties.   I guess he did not mature fast enough to save his life from stupid stunts like this one.

Sep 24th, 2016 

MIAMI, FL — The Coast Guard and local agencies located three bodies Saturday 23 miles southeast of Islamorada while following up on a report from a good Samaritan.

At approximately 10:45 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Key West Command Center personnel received a report of a person in the water from a good Samaritan. Watch standers issued an urgent marine information broadcast, launched a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew and a Coast Guard Station Islamorada boatcrew.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aircraft located two additional bodies around 2:28 p.m. Saturday.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are assisting in a search for survivors.

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 2 others killed in Miami boat crash

Published September 25, 2016

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez killed in boating accident 
Miami Marlins ace pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed Sunday morning after a boat crash in Miami Beach, the team announced.

Jose Fernandez smiles after becoming a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony in Miami on April 24, 2015. (AP)

The 24-year-old Fernandez was one of at least three people killed in the early morning collision. He announced on Instagram recently that he and his girlfriend were expecting a child, Local 10 reported.

"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez," a team statement said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."

Sunday's game between the Marlins and the Atlanta Braves in Miami was cancelled after the death of the star right hander.

"All of baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "He was one of our game's great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life."

Chief Petty Officer Nyxolyno Cangemi told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard patrol boat spotted an overturned boat at 3:30 a.m. on a jetty near Government Cut. The bodies were discovered a short time later. Officials said Fernandez was not wearing a life vest.

Because the boat was on a jetty, the Coast Guard notified Miami-Dade police, which turned the investigation over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Fernandez was on a 32-foot vessel that had a "severe impact" with a jetty, said Lorenzo Veloz of the Fish Commission.

Veloz said the boat was found upside down. Two bodies were found under the vessel and one was found in the water by divers. The boat was traveling full speed and was demolished.

There was no evidence of alcohol or illegal substances being a factor in the crash.

City of Miami Fire-Rescue workers were seen carrying bodies, draped and on stretchers, at the Coast Guard station after sunrise Sunday. The names of the other two individuals who died are being withheld pending notification of relatives, the Coast Guard said.

Fernandez was born in Cuba and he attempted to defect three times before finally reaching the U.S. in 2007 with his mother.

He played in just 27 games in the minor leagues, reaching the Single-A level in 2012 before he was selected to the Marlins' Opening Day roster in 2013 at the age of 20.

In 76 career games, Fernandez was 38-17 with a 2.43 ERA and 589 strikeouts in 471 1/3 innings.

A two-time All-Star, Fernandez won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2013. He appeared headed for another stellar season in 2014, but after eight starts his year was derailed when it was revealed Fernandez would need Tommy John surgery. He returned from the procedure to make 11 starts in 2015.

Fernandez was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA and an MLB-best 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings in 2016. He was considered a strong contender for the NL Cy Young Award.

Fernandez's final game was Sept. 20 in Miami against the NL East division champion Washington Nationals. He pitched eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 12. It was his ninth game of the season with at least 11 strikeouts. He was due to pitch Monday against the New York Mets.

Fernandez's death was not the first time an MLB pitcher died during a boating mishap. In 1993, two Cleveland Indians pitchers – Steve Olin, 27, and Tim Crews, 31 – were killed in a boating accident on Little Lake Nellie in Clermont, Fla., The Plain Dealer reported. Bobby Ojeda, a third Indians pitcher, suffered serious scalp injuries, but lived.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


New details emerge in Jose Fernandez's deadly boating accident 

Liz Roscher,Big League Stew 2 hours 7 minutes ago

A day after 24-year-old Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in an early morning boating accident, new details of the crash are being made public.

According to USA Today, Fernandez and two friends, identified by as Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias, died in a crash on Government Cut, a Miami Beach jetty that gives boats direct access to the ocean. The boat, a 32-foot SeaVee Center Console fishing vessel named the Kaught Looking, did not belong to Fernandez, and he was not driving it at the time of the crash. It belonged to one of the other men who died in the accident, though according to Lorenzo Veloz, an official with the Florida Wildlife Commission, Fernandez was often seen on the boat with Marlins teammates.

The boat was apparently traveling at full speed, which can be between 55 and 65 mph, when it hit the jetty, capsized, and landed upside down on the rocks. Investigators inspect the overturned boat as it rests on a jetty after the crash that killed Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and friends Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias on early Sunday morning. (AP Photo)

While it’s not clear what time the crash occurred, Veloz said in a press conference that the Coast Guard was called in at 3:15 a.m. when a patrol noticed the boat on the rocks. The jetty is low to the water, and it’s possible that the driver of the boat didn’t see the rocks in the darkness.

Veloz confirmed to USA Today that Fernandez died as a result of the impact of the crash and did not drown. Even though none of the passengers were wearing lifejackets, due to the nature of the crash the lifejackets may not have helped them.

Veloz also said during the press conference that it didn’t appear that alcohol or illegal drugs were a factor in the crash, as none were found at the scene. However, they won’t know for sure until the toxicology report is made public. TMZ is reporting that the autopsies have been performed, but results have yet to be released.