One of the brightest stars in the game of baseball today, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez has died in a boating accident.
Fernández, who was 24, and two other men were found dead after their 32-foot boat was discovered crashed at the entrance of Miami Harbor, said Fish and Wildlife Commission public information officer Lorenzo Veloz.
Coast Guard personnel out on patrol noticed the vessel upside down on the north end of a rocky jetty shortly after 3:15 a.m., Veloz said at a news conference Sunday morning in Miami.
Divers recovered two of the bodies under the boat and the third victim was found on the rocks.
The names of the two other victims also in their 20s are being withheld until relatives could be notified.
The men were personal friends of Fernandez, Veloz said.
“He was pillar to our community, he was involved in everything that he could be to give back,”
“I had the experience of talking to him several times, down-to-earth, great person … I’m sorry I’m getting goosebumps right now, it’s really hitting home and it’s horrible.”
Based on impact evidence and the severity of damage, officials concluded that the boat a 32-foot-SeaVee center console model hit the rocks at full speed, Veloz said.
Fernández was a passenger on the boat, and he was not the owner, Veloz said.
“The boat is a total loss right now from what we can see,”
“It’s bad. There’s no other word for it, it’s horrible, it’s bad, it’s bad.”
Veloz said the death of Fernández was a loss to Miami, to baseball and to anyone who had ever met him.