South Florida Teen Dies After Boat Crashes Into Channel Marker In The Keys

South Florida Teen Dies After Boat Crashes into Channel Marker in the Keys


A senior at Westminster Christian School in Palmetto Bay was killed Sunday in a boat crash in the Florida Keys, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission police and school officials. A spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says Lucas Alvarez, 18, captain of the school’s lacrosse team, was a passenger in a 23-foot Pathfinder open fisherman vessel when it collided with channel markers near Islamorada on Sunday, February 16, 2020. The FWC along with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and fire rescue, responded to the scene of the accident. The accident involved a 23-foot vessel that was travelling Southbound in the waterway and struck a channel marker. Upon impact, three additional passengers were ejected into the water who were not seriously injured.

Miami Boat Accident Attorney

Boating is a way of life in South Florida. If you live in Mouth Florida, chances are you either own a boat, know someone who owns a boat or will have the opportunity at some point to go out on a boat. The number of vessels registered in Florida increased to 950,740 in 2018. In fact, the state of Florida leads the nation in registered vessels. Additionally, it is estimated that up to one million non-registered vessels actively use Florida’s waters, and it appears that the boating population is still growing. Unfortunately, there is an ever-growing number of boating accident cases with many of them involving serious personal injury or even death. If you or someone you love has been injured in a boating accident, it is imperative that you contact a Miami boating accident attorney right away. When boats or other types of watercraft crash, the consequences can be tragic. The Law Offices of Suarez & Montero are here to help victims of yacht, boat and personal watercraft accidents in South Florida.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

In South Florida, the most common type of watercraft involved in boating accidents are motorboats, personal watercraft, cabin motorboats, kayaks and canoes, and pontoon boats. Boating accidents can be caused by a number of internal and external factors. Knowing why accidents happen can help you stay safe. Common causes of boating accidents are listed below:

  • Reckless operation of boat
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Lack of training or experience in operating boat
  • Fires or explosions
  • Lack of proper safety equipment
  • Alcohol use
  • Illegal substances
  • Mechanical failure
  • Improper maneuvering
  • Lack of boat maintenance
  • Not maintaining a safe or posted speed.
  • Distracted operation of boat

Speak to our Miami Boat Accident Lawyer Today!

At Suarez & Montero, our team of boating accident attorneys in Miami will work with you every step of the way, offering the expert legal guidance you need to win your lawsuit. We will take care of all legal matters that relate to your claim and develop the best legal strategy for your individual case to ensure the successful recovery of your damages. This includes determining the economic and non-economic compensation you’re entitled to, identifying who should be held liable for your injuries, losses and damages. We will not rest until we have developed and presented the most persuasive argument possible, and ensure you receive fair and just compensation for your damages.

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