For Immediate Release:
May 11, 2015

Media Contact:
Michelle Fayed


MDFR Air Rescue hoists boat crash victim

(MIAMI, May 11, 2015) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department’s (MDFR) Fireboat 1 and Air Rescue responded to a boating collision in the Intracostal Waterway near Monument Island Sunday, May 10, 2015, at 6:17 p.m.

According to witnesses, a personal water craft carrying a 30-year-old female and an 8-year-old male struck a boat and were thrown into the water. A good Samaritan nearby pulled the two victims into his boat. Firefighters from MDFR’s Fireboat 1 transferred the badly injured woman to their vessel and prepared her for a hoist operation by Air Rescue North. The female was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s (JMH) Ryder Trauma Center. The City of Miami Fireboat transported the child to JMH with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is unknown and being investigated by Florida Fish and Wildlife officials.

WHO:           Miami-Dade Fire Rescue PIO

WHAT:         Media Opportunity for Air Rescue Hoist Incident    

WHEN:         Monday, May 11, 2015, from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

WHERE:       MDFR Headquarters
                     9300 NW 41 Street
                     Doral, FL 33178                         

Media Note: Download video of the hoist operation is available from Dropbox.


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9300 N.W. 41str Street Miami, Florida 33178
(786) 331-5200