Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, Emilio Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, killed in boating accident in Miami Beach, Florida
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.
Despite injury plagued seasons, Fernandez remained the Marlins ace.
This season, Fernandez was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA.
Fernandez and his pregnant girlfriend were expectant parents of a baby.
The accident occurred Sunday morning in the Government Cut channel between Miami Beach and Fisher Island. At this time, three bodies have been recovered by the Miami Dade Fire Rescue boat, according to Erika Benitez .
Last week Fernandez posted a photo of his girlfriend sporting a “baby bump” on his Instagram page, announcing that the couple was expecting its first child.
His funeral service lasted more than two hours. Those in attendance included Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, current and former Marlins players and two hall-of-famers, Marlins executives Tony Perez and Andre Dawson.
Take these things into account—plus unpredictable weather, inexperienced drivers, congested waterways, drinking while boating, and crowded vessels—and you have a recipe forpotential serious injury or death.
The crash is being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The agency asked prosecutors to draft the warrant so they could search Fernandez’s 32-foot SeaVee named “Kaught Looking.”
The affidavit said officials also had recovered a receipt for alcohol from American Social Bar & Kitchen, where the trio had been before the crash.
Fernandez was not driving boat at time of crash that killed him and two friends, his family's attorney says
But the family's attorney insisted Saturday that evidence shows Fernandez was not driving his boat when it crashed at Government Cut off Miami Beach Sept. 25. No official report on who was driving has been issued.
Attorney Christopher Royer, who is representing the families of 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero and 27-year-old Emilio Jesus Macias, told the Sun Sentinel that Rivero’s claim was filed Friday, and Macias’ will be filed Monday. Each family is seeking $2 million.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife investigation concluded that Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez was the probable driver of a boat when it crashed into a jetty near Miami, killing 24-year-old Fernandez, Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo "Eddy" Rivero, 25.
The report included a screenshot of Google Earth that shows the jetty and the location of the crash (the yellow pushpin). Fernandez apparently did not see the channel marker.
The photos were posted to Facebook along with the caption in Spanish "My beautiful boy, wherever you are today, we are all going to remember and miss you so much."