Miami Ferry Loses Car, Killing 2 Women Inside

Authorities investigate how the vehicle went overboard on the 7-minute trip
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2020 7:15 PM CST
Miami Ferry Loses Car, Killing 2 Women Inside
A Miami Fire and Rescue fireboat.   (Getty/felixmizioznikov)

Two women were killed this week when the car they were sitting in fell off a ferry in Miami. The car sank to the bottom of the 50-foot channel, the Herald reports, where Miami-Dade Fire Rescue divers found their bodies. It's not clear how the Mercedes went into the water, but a witness said the ferry was open at both ends. The 113-foot ferry's trip from Fisher Island to Miami Beach takes only 7 minutes. The ferry, the Pelican, passed a Coast Guard inspection in 2018. With the exception of a yacht, the ferry is the only way to reach the island, a wealthy enclave of fewer than 500 residents. The Coast Guard and Miami-Dade police are investigating.

The victims in the Tuesday afternoon accident were socialites Emma Afra, 63, who lived on Fisher Island, and Viviane Brahms, 75, per Vanity Fair. Afra was involved in several local charities. "The entire Fisher Island community mourns their loss," the president of the island association said. (Read more ferry accident stories.)

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