Man Was Rescued From Waters Off Miami Beach After Boat Crash: Officials

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission pulled Christopher Alexander Afonso, 20, to safety

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012  |  Updated 10:06 AM EDT
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A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer rescued a man from the waters off Miami Beach after a boat crash, the agency said.

After the boat crashed into a red channel marker Sunday evening, its passengers told Officer Nathanael Martir-Negron that their friend had been thrown overboard, the FWC said in a statement Monday.

Martir-Negron saw Christopher Alexander Afonso floating in the water and yelling for help, then threw the 20-year-old a flotation device and pulled him to safety, the FWC said.

Afonso had an open wound on his head, was disoriented and did not know how he fell into the water or why he was bleeding, according to the FWC. Martir-Negron took Afonso to a dock so he could be taken to a hospital.

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Martir-Negron cited the boat operator for being reckless and for not having a boater safety ID card, the agency said.

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