Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne guest drowns in ocean

Amid a National Weather Service rip current risk alert on Saturday afternoon, a man who was a guest at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne drowned while swimming in the ocean.

The man was swimming when he went into cardiac arrest, according to Key Biscayne Fire Rescue. Paramedics rushed to his aid at 455 Grand Bay Drive and took him to Mercy Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

The National Weather Service issued a coastal hazard message about 4 p.m. warning of a “high rip current risk” that will be on effect until Monday morning. 

Meteorologists warned of “strong and dangerous” rip currents along the East Coast beaches of South Florida. 

Authorities were advising swimmers to remain calm and swim in a direction following the shoreline when caught in a rip current. 

Another man died while swimming in the ocean off Miami Beach on Friday night. 

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3 rescued after boat capsizes off Key Biscayne

The waves off Key Biscayne were strong, so their 1985 Falcon open fishing boat started to take on water faster than the three men could pump it out on Saturday.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Erika Benitez said their cell phones were in a plastic jar. After the boat capsized, the jar with the phones floated back to them. 

They were holding on to a floating cooler when one of them was able to get his iPhone’s virtual assistant Siri to call 911.

“That in and of itself is amazing,” Benitez said. 

Fire rescue and police marine units were looking for them when a U.S. Coast Guard crew on a helicopter found them and sent a diver into the water. The men were not wearing life jackets. 

The diver stayed until a Miami-Dade Police Department’s Marine Patrol Unit picked them up and took them to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park’s No Name Harbor. 

Miami-Dade Detective Dan Ferrin identified the men as Diego Perez, 62, Jorge Luis Colon, Jr., 33, and Jorge Luis Colon, 54. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue paramedics determined they didn’t require medical attention. 

“All agencies involved worked together to ensure these men returned to shore safely,” Benitez said. 

Local 10 News’ Nicole Alvarez contributed to this report. 

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3 rescued after boat capsizes off Key Biscayne

The waves off Key Biscayne were strong, so their 1985 Falcon open fishing boat started to take on water faster than the three men could pump it out on Saturday.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Erika Benitez said their cell phones were in a plastic jar. After the boat capsized, the jar with the phones floated back to them. 

Benitez said they were holding on to a floating cooler when one of them was able to get his iPhone’s virtual assistant Siri to call 911.

“That in and of itself is amazing,” Benitez said. 

Fire rescue and police marine units were looking for them when a U.S. Coast Guard crew on a helicopter found them and sent a diver into the water. The men were not wearing life jackets. 

“The boat sank to the bottom … it’s pretty windy outside. The water was so murky that we couldn’t see the boat,” Sgt. James Barrett said. 

The diver stayed until a Miami-Dade Police Department’s Marine Patrol Unit picked them up and took them to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park’s No Name Harbor. 

Miami-Dade Detective Dan Ferrin identified the men as Diego Perez, 62, Jorge Luis Colon, Jr., 33, and Jorge Luis Colon, 54. They didn’t require medical attention. 

“All agencies involved worked together to ensure these men returned to shore safely,” Benitez said. 

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Local 10 News’ Nicole Alvarez contributed to this report. 

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Man dangling from 12th floor of Key Biscayne resort after scaffolding collapse rescued

A man was rescued Thursday afternoon after he was dangling from the 12th floor of a Key Biscayne resort after a scaffolding collapse.

Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said the scaffolding collapsed outside the Grand Bay Club, leaving the man dangling on the side of the building.

Sky 10 was above the scene at 3 p.m. as firefighters were on a balcony speaking to the worker.

The man, who was being held up by a harness, was resting his left foot on the ledge of a window.

A member of the technical rescue team lowered himself down the side of the building to reach the worker. A second worker then assisted in lowering the man safely to the ground.

Firefighters Tim Gleason and Miguel Perez were the two firefighters who lowered themselves to the man.

“His equipment was so loaded and so tight that there wasn’t a chance for us to do something quick and easy like that,” Perez said. 

After securing the man on one of their lines, they inch him down to the ground. 

“He did have some numbness in his leg, and what we did was we helped him and assisted him to just try to reposition himself as best as we could until we had the city of Miami TRT team have two personnel hook him to their harnesses and bring him all the way down,” Key Biscayne Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Marcos Osorio said.

Carroll said the man was the only person on the scaffolding at the time of the collapse.

It wasn’t immediately known what caused the collapse.

The man was placed on a stretcher and taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. He didn’t appear to be hurt but may have been dehydrated.

“That’s what we trained for,” Perez said. “We don’t necessarily think of ourselves as heroes. We’re firemen.” 

 

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