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Watercraft Accident in Miami Leaves One Dead, Two Injured


A weekend watercraft accident near Pace Picnic Island in Miami has left a 25 year old man dead and two others seriously injured.

A local news station reported that Jorge Rizo was using his personal watercraft in Biscayne Bay, just north of the Venetian Causeway, when things spiraled out of control. According to eye witnesses, Rizo had his jet ski going in circles at a very high rate of speed. After about four or five circles, he lost control and looked as if he lost his bearings and didn’t know where he was. He soon thereafter hit a channel marker.

Upon impact, Rizo was thrown out of the boat. Although several people in the area jumped into the water to rescue Rizo, by the time he was pulled to shore he was unconscious and did not have a heartbeat. He also had visible lacerations on the left side of his head.

Miami paramedics soon arrived and were able to get the victim’s heart beating again following CPR. However, he subsequently had a heart attack and was pronounced dead at the Jackson Memorial Hospital.  

According to medical reports, the other two injured victims were treated at Jackson Memorial and are expected to survive.

What to do if you are injured in a Florida jet ski accident

As Florida is a popular destination for boating and other water sports, accidents like these are an unfortunately all too familiar occurrence. As can be seen here, what started off as a fun recreational and relaxing day on the water can quickly spiral into a disaster.

When tragedy strikes, you need an experienced Florida personal injury attorney at your side. The Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. has been representing injured boaters and water skiers for several decades, helping ensure they get the compensation they deserve. In fact, did you know that you may be legally entitled to compensation not only for your physical injuries, but also for any loss of ability to work?

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a Florida boating accident call the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. at 1-877-FL-INJURY and schedule your free initial consultation today.


James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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