From the Miami Herald:
Investigators with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are examining evidence from a deadly boating accident in Biscayne Bay.
But so far, investigators believe the 27-year-old man who died after his personal watercraft collided with a boat was travelling fast in a slow-speed area and wasn’t supposed to be on a personal watercraft at all at night, said Jorge Pino, spokesman with the wildlife agency.
Carlos Alberto Fernandez was riding a Yamaha personal watercraft on the bay when the accident occurred that killed him. A friend of his, Jose Luis Moreno, was on another watercraft.
Pino said Fernandez’s watercraft was not rented, but appeared to be borrowed. Investigators were looking into how fast he was travelling and why the two men were on the water at night. Only Fernandez struck the other boat, a 22-foot vessel with a family on board, headed to port.
“It’s hard enough to spot a vessel with navigational lights and proper safety equipment,” Pino said. “Now you have a personal watercraft at night at a high rate of speed. It’s just a recipe for disaster.”
Florida has a longstanding rule that personal watercraft can only operate during daylight, starting half an hour before sunrise and half an hour after sunset.
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