Officials investigate boat crash on Intracoastal

Witnesses say boat raced by Duffy's Sports Grill in North Miami Beach

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Five people are recovering Saturday after a boat crash on the Intracoastal in North Miami Beach.

It happened late Friday night, authorities said.

The boaters were rushed to the hospital, officials said.

Patrons at Duffy's Sports Grill reported seeing a boat racing down the waterway. A few minutes later, the Coast Guard passed by as well.

"All of a sudden we saw speed boat racing real fast. I would say its going more than 60 mph, which is really fast in this area," said Chris Vaca.

Witnesses said at least one of the boaters was seriously hurt.

"I could tell the second and third person really had a bad time. They couldn't even say anything. They were in shock," said Vaca.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is investigating whether the boat was speeding and if alcohol played a role in the crash, officials said.

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