1 dead after boat capsizes of So. Fla. shore
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- The search for a boater took a tragic turn, Sunday.
A man sitting in the back seat of a police car was just one of the survivors of a deadly boat ride off the South Florida shore.
Investigators said he was one of four people aboard a 23-foot boat that capsized and left everyone on board no choice but to try and swim to shore in the dark. "There were four men that were out on a boat," said Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll, "and we understand that possibly the rough seas caused the boat to capsize, and the men made a desperate attempt to try to make it to shore, but only three of them made it, one did not."
Chaos then broke out at an apartment complex on 63rd and Collins Avenue late, Saturday night, when residents said the three men that made it to dry land asked for help because their friend was missing.
Residents hoped for the best. "It's sad," said Bella Ricci, "because it makes me hope they find him."
Coast Guard helicopters circled the area where the last boater might have been as crews desperately scanned for any sign of a person out in the water. "There are boats in the water looking," said Bruce Fitell. "I see the helicopters coming back and forth."
After about an hour of searching for the missing man, crews found a body of Ramon Ulloa-Rodriguez early Sunday morning inside the surf line between 59th Street and Collins Avenue. "They pulled that person to shore," said Carroll, "and it's unfortunate that the person did not survive."
The FWC said they do not believe alcohol was a factor. They believe the reason the boat capsized was because of windy conditions and the waves.
The three surviving men were taken into police custody to explain what happened, but they do not believe any foul play was involved.
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