Authorities arrest captain in boating death off coast of Miami Beach

Authorities arrest captain in boating death off coast of Miami Beach


off the top tonight a break in the case of a deadly boat accident a man was killed on Easter Sunday when he was struck by the propellers of a charter yacht and now the man at the helm is under arrest today Stanwood is joining us live now for Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport where that boat captain was trying to escape the country when he was taken into custody Jeanine Cavallari you said it he was right here at the airport trying to board a plane when he was arrested and now he faces federal charges of neglect and misconduct this sleek 90-foot yacht called Miami Vice was chartered for a four hour day of fun on the water but the trip to Monument Island took a tragic turn when investigators say a passenger was struck and killed by one of the yachts giant propellers and now the captain 49 year old Mauricio Alvarez is facing federal charges after reportedly trying to catch a flight out of the country the police just came in very fast that was a witness from that afternoon according to authorities Alvarez could not see the stern of the vessel or ensure the safety of the remaining swimmers in the water so when he reportedly put the yachts engines in Reverse he likely didn’t see 25 year-old Raul Menendez who was still swimming Menendez was killed his remains were recovered are you the owner of the boat we spoke to a man who identified himself as the owner of Miami Vice who calls it all a terrible accident he told us Alvarez did have a captain’s license but federal prosecutors say he did not have a United States Captain license at the time of the incident Alvarez was arrested last Friday at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport the feds say he was attempting to board a flight overseas but he didn’t make it very far he is now in custody his next hearing is scheduled for April 20th we spoke to the victim’s family they tell us they’re heartbroken we’re at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport tonight I’m Janine Stanwood local 10 News

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