Marlins Player Jose Fernandez, 24, passed away in a boating accident.

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two others killed in a boating accident.

 Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to a call this morning of a boat accident near the north jetty of Miami Beach.

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

Drugs and alcohol did not appear to be factors in the accident, he said, but he added that investigators had been been unable to get under the overturned wreckage by early Sunday, and autopsies had not yet been done. 

None of the three victims were wearing life vests, he said.

The Miami team announced Fernández’s death in a statement: “The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”

The Marlins’ game against the Atlanta Braves Sunday was canceled as a result of the news.

Fernández was born in Cuba and came to the United States as a 15-year-old in 2008.

Drafted by the Marlins in 2011, he went on to become the franchise’s star pitcher, named National League Rookie of the Year 2013 and a two-time All-Star.

Fernández announced recently on his Instagram he was going to be a father – he and his girlfriend are expecting a baby.
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