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Man killed in Miami Beach boat incident

Magomed Khamatkhanov
April 3, 2018

Raul Memendez, 25, was on a 91-foot charter yacht Miami Vice with six other passengers and two crew members. He died in the waters near Monument Island, authorities said.

Preliminary information indicates that Menendez was struck by the vessel's propellers.

The operator of the yacht was identified as Mauricio Alvarez, 20.

Authorities have not said how Menendez fell off the yacht or whether he jumped off, but said the incident happened just before 4:45 p.m. Sunday while the yacht was near Monument Island, just off Miami Beach.

"The police just came very fast and everybody thought that something happened," witness said.

No collision and no other vessel was involved. 

Authorities said investigators are speaking with the yacht's passengers and crew to figure out what happened. 

The U.S. Coast Guard seized the boat and towed it to the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Miami Beach.

The Miami Vice was listed on Airbnb for $5,000 per night. The listing said that it holds up to 16 guests.

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