Fatal Boat Crash Near Matheson Hammock Marina in Miami under Investigation By Tod Aronovitz | 10/15/14 | 0 Comment

It wasn’t clear whether speed, recklessness or alcohol played a role in a deadly boat accident that killed one woman, but officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are investigating the October 11th collision which sent two additional people to the hospital.

According to a story in the Miami Herald, a 63-foot Sea Ray yacht collided with a 27-foot Pro Line in Biscayne Bay shortly after 10 pm, causing the smaller boat to capsize and throw all its passengers into the dark waters about 3-1/2 miles southwest of Biscayne Channel. The Coast Guard and Fire Rescue teams from Miami-Dade and Coral Gables assisted in the disaster.

Passengers on the smaller boat included 29-year old Maria DelValle, who was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital but later pronounced dead; 33-year old Maykel Perdomo, who was the driver of the smaller boat and boyfriend of DelValle; and 23-year-old Dayron Baralt. Perdomo is recovering from routine injuries at Mercy Hospital in Coconut Grove, while Baralt is being treated for more critical injuries at Ryder Trauma Center.

According to Jorge Pino, a spokesperson for FWC, the operator of the yacht had been identified as Steven Trypis from Toronto. The 49-year old was given a sobriety test, but had not been charged pending blood test results, Pino said. None of the 21 people aboard his boat sustained injuries.

Measures such as speed zones and safety checks on the water have been implemented by area police to make South Florida waterways safer especially during holiday weekends. Even so, tragedies like this one show that the celebratory attitude associated with boating still needs to be modified.

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