Coast Guard to reinspect jetties after boat crash that killed Jose Fernandez, 2 others

Analysis to focus on lighting near North and South jetties


MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The U.S. Coast Guard is commissioning a new analysis of the North and South jetties at the entrance to Government Cut following the death of Marlins Ace Jose Fernandez and two other men.

Fernandez, Emilio Macias and Eduardo Rivero died Sept. 25 after Fernandez's boat crashed at full speed into a jetty.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a letter to the Coast Guard three days after the crash, expressing his concern about the safety of boaters operating their vessels near the jetties.

File: Coast Guard letter to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

The Coast Guard released a letter sent to the senator on Friday, and said that the last Waterways Analysis and Management System study was completed in November 2015, after the Army Corps of Engineers deepened the main channel.

Coast Guard officials said the study found that the "Aids to Navigation (ATON) in Government Cut met the needs of the mariner."

"The Coast Guard is now commissioning a new WAMS analysis, focusing specially on the North and South jetties at the entrance to the Government Cut Channel, which will include verification of appropriate illumination for these structures," the letter said.

It's unclear when the analysis is expected to be completed.

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