After 2 die off Fisher Island, community association promises to improve ferry safety
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The Fisher Island Community Association released a statement Thursday asking drivers who are using the ferry to make sure their cars are in park and the emergency brakes are on. The association is also asking drivers to turn off headlights at night and to pay heed to access control officers and deckhands. The association also reported a new investment on marine engineers, architects and designers. According to Sosa, Fisher Island’s ferry system had operated for 20 years “without a blemish on its record” before Emma Afra, 63, of Miami Beach, and Viviane Brahms, 75, of Harrison, New York, died while using the service Tuesday. Afra was in the driver’s seat of a 2019 Mercedes-Benz and Brahms was a passenger when the car fell off the ferry, which is used to shuttle vehicles to and from the private island in Miami Beach.
Women who died after car fell off Fisher Island Ferry identified
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Police have released the identities of two women who died after their car fell off the Fisher Island Ferry and sank in Government Cut. The U.S. Coast Guard monitors a total of five ferries which shuttle people and vehicles to and from Fisher Island around the clock. She had a strong desire to give back to the community,” Kristi House CEO Amanda Altman said. Afra volunteered her time and money with Kristi House, a children’s advocacy center that deals with children and trauma. “We were looking forward to her coming back and helping us at Kristi House.”
2 dead after car falls off Fisher Island Ferry into water
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Two women are dead after a car they were in fell off the Fisher Island Ferry and sank in Government Cut. The @USCG will conduct a maritime incident investigation.#Ready, #Relevant — USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) February 19, 2020Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said the blue Mercedes-Benz has been recovered from the water. The Fisher Island Community Association sent Local 10 News a statement regarding the incident that read:“Shortly before 5:00 p.m. today, a vehicle on the Fisher Island Ferry ended up in the water for reasons still unknown at this point in time. Fisher Island Community Association is actively assisting the various agencies involved in the ongoing recovery efforts. We cannot confirm any additional details at this point in time.”The Fisher Island Ferry is used to transport residents of the private island community and their guests to and from the mainland.