Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez dies in boat crash

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Officials say as of now they believe no alcohol or illicit drugs were involved in deadly boat crash that killed Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two other when their boat hit a jetty made rocks in the dark. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez dies in boat crash

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STORY: Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boat crash early on Sunday in Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard said. He was 24 years old.

A spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said Fernandez’ death was a tragedy.

“Tragic loss for the city of Miami, for the community, for Major League Baseball, and for anyone who met Jose,” said Spokesman Lorenzo Veloz.

Fernandez was one of three people killed in the boating incident off Miami Beach, the Coast Guard said. The identities of the two other crash victims were not released.

Veloz said the boat likely hit the jetty that is made of rock because of lack of visibility at night.

Emergency crews responded to reports of a 33-foot center console boat overturned on a jetty at about 3:30 a.m. local time (0730 GMT) on Sunday near the Government Cut shipping channel and South Pointe Park, where they found the three deceased passengers, the Coast Guard said.

“Alcohol as of right now was not involved or no other illicit drugs were found on the vessel. That’s going to be up to the medical examiner office to determine if that was a factor and we’ll going to find that out further along and during our investigation,” said Veloz.

The Marlins canceled its game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday due to the death of Fernandez, who was the National League rookie of the year in 2013.

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