Two people were killed and 10 others had to be rescued when their boats collided off Key Biscayne near Nixon Beach on Friday night, the U.S. Coast Guard and local authorities said.
A person involved in the collision notified the Coast Guard of the incident around 10:30 p.m. Friday, according to a news release.
The person reported there were 12 people in the water about one miles west of Key Biscayne.
Coast Guard Station Miami Beach and a Coast Guard Air Station Miami aircrew responded and rescued 10 people and recovered one body from the water, the release said.
Miami Fire-Rescue crews recovered another body, according to the release.
"We did in fact find two vessels that had collided. One had taken in water. In total there were eleven patients that we needed to treat and assess," Fire Rescue Lt. Pete Sanchez said.
A rescue swimmer from Station Miami Beach assisted two critically injured survivors, one of them was transferred to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to be transported to Jackson Memorial Medical Center, the release said.
“The Coast Guard and our local partner agencies quickly responded and exhaustively worked together on this search and rescue case," Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Tuxhorn said.
According to Miami Fire Rescue, six of the 10 injured people were transported to HCA Florida Mercy Hospital; two to Jackson Memorial Hospital; and two to Ryder Trauma Center.
The incident is under investigation by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
This is a developing story. Check back with NBC 6 for updates.
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