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Man riding personal watercraft killed after crashing into pier

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Authorities investigating the accident near Pelican Harbor. Authorities investigating the accident near Pelican Harbor.
Investigators interviewing witnesses at the scene of the accident. Investigators interviewing witnesses at the scene of the accident.
The personal watercraft involved in the accident. The personal watercraft involved in the accident.

MIAMI (WSVN) -- Authorities are investigating after a man was killed when, officials said, he lost control of a personal watercraft and crashed into a pier near Pelican Harbor, Sunday afternoon.

Investigators said 39-year-old Jose Daniel Napoles was boating alone when he crashed into a seawall, just before 5 p.m. "He lost control of the small jet boat, crashing up against the dock, and that collision catapulted him toward the seawall," said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesperson Jorge Pino.

Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll said Napoles' relatives were in shock after witnessing the impact. "They witnessed what was going on, and they were able to provide information to our paramedics that this is where the impact took place," he said, "which is very important so that we could at least pull this person out as quickly as possible."

After being thrown into the water, firefighters found Napoles about three feet away from the seawall he crashed into. "He was underwater, about seven feet of water," said a firefighter.

Napoles was unconscious, then had no pulse. He was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officials said Napoles had spent the day with relatives at a nearby island, and he had been shuttling people back and forth.

Authorities are investigating what led to the crash.


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