He was one of baseball’s brightest young stars. Jose Fernandez was known for his bubbly personality and his devastating fastball. But his life was tragically cut short when he and two friends were killed in a boating accident off the coast of Miami Beach. The accident is currently under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A spokesman had initially said drugs and alcohol were not involved. However, the recently completed toxicology reports have yet to be released to the public. Fernandez’s death brings to light the importance of boat safety.
South Floridians love the water. It is why so many people choose to live in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Boats have become a major part of our lifestyle. But unlike cars, the safety standards for boating are not nearly as strict. The consequences can be deadly. James Getz, who is a private investigating consultant of recreational boating accidents is helping with the Fernandez investigation. He is considered an expert on maritime accidents and has trained hundreds of marine police officers. According to Getz, most boating accidents are caused by operator error.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert boater in Fort Lauderdale, here are some basic safety tips to follow.
The death of Jose Fernandez was a tragic loss for his family and the people of South Florida. But there are lessons to be learned. Simply following the basics of boating safety could have prevented his boating accident. Whether you are a beginner or expert boater, take the time to prepare for your trip and always make safety your first priority.