Boat driver dead after losing control of his vessel in Biscayne Bay, police say

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A Miami man has died after losing control of a boat he was driving in Biscayne Bay, according to Florida fish and wildlife police.

Michael Garcia, 41, died at Jackson South Medical Center as a result of injuries he sustained after being thrown from the 39-foot Contender center console on Tuesday afternoon, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission police said.

Miami-Dade County paramedics also flew the two passengers on the boat to Jackson South, the department said. They also were ejected from the boat. Their conditions were not immediately available.

According to police, the boat was “traveling at a high rate of speed” before Garcia lost control of the vessel.

Just after the crash, rescue boat crews took the three people to Black Point Marina at Southwest 87th Avenue before they were flown to Jackson, police said.

It was not immediately known if alcohol was a factor in the accident, which is under investigation by wildlife officers.

Miami Herald staff writer Omar Rodriguez Ortiz contributed to this report.