Teen dies after boat accident in Florida Keys, leaving 11 injured

According to local media, a teenager died and ten others were injured in a boating accident in the Florida Keys.

The Miami Herald reported that Lucy Fernandez, a 17-year-old Miami high school grad, was among 14 people on a motorboat that struck a fairway marker Sunday night. Four of the injured were flown to a hospital, Fernandez later died.

US Coast Guard officials said the boat hit a fairway marker and capsized. The crash happened before 7 p.m. on the Intracoastal Waterway in Biscayne Bay, about 10 miles south of Boca Chita. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is the lead agency investigating the crash.

According to news reports, the accident is the latest in several deadly incidents in the Florida Keys in recent months. Authorities said the injuries were related to an area known as a tropical paradise, but also with its partying, dangerous waters and a medical system unequipped to handle the most severe trauma, the Herald reported.

The issues came into focus on Memorial Day when an Illinois mom and two children went parasailing. High winds may have prompted the boatman to release the rope line, causing the parasailers to crash into a bridge, killing the mother.

Bad weather grounded a medical helicopter, and the 120-mile-long Keys Islands have only three small hospitals treating patients.

A week earlier, a Texas man was killed after the boat he was on hit a concrete utility pole, throwing the passengers into the water. The boat continued to circle and nearby boaters pulled people out of its path, the Herald reported.

Photo: Rescuers at the scene of a boat accident near Boca Chita Key on Sunday. (Miami-Dade Fire Rescue via AP)

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