1 Dead, 2 Hospitalized in Deadly Jet Ski Accident on Biscayne Bay

Miami Fire Rescue responded to a deadly jet ski accident on Biscayne Bay Sunday evening.

The news of Sunday's deadly accident near Picnic Island knocked loved ones off their feet.

"When they told me that my cousin died, I couldn't believe it," said Jorge Soto, cousin of the victim.

Soto describes his cousin Jorge Rizo as fun loving and nice. The 25-year-old owned a barbershop in Hialeah.

"Today was the day I was going to go with him on the jet ski, but he didn't call me," said Soto.

Family and friends are now getting the call they never saw coming.

"I couldn't believe it when his mom called," said Soto. "She's devastated we are going to go see her right now."

Fish and Wildlife officials say the boating accident involved Rizo and two other women on a personal watercraft. Rizo was behind the wheel with the other two riding on the back in the Picnic Island area.

Lorenzo Veloz, FWC official, says Rizo was going in circles in the channel at a high rate of speed and that's when lost control he hit one of the channel markers.

FWC officials say witnesses who saw Rizo fly off jumped in, pulling him out of the water, administering CPR, but it wasn't enough.

"As they brought him into the trauma center, doctors started working on him, he suffered severe damage to his head appears that he suffered a heart attack," said Veloz.

One of the women taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in serious condition, but are now stable. The other girl treated for minor scratches and bruises, and released from the hospital.

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