Miami man drowns off Key Largo during swim from boat

A Miami man died over the holiday weekend after he jumped in the water from his boat for a swim near Carysfort off Key Largo and was swept away by the current.

Luis Fernandez, 43, was aboard a 17-foot vessel with his girlfriend, fishing. When he jumped in the water to cool off at about 5:45 p.m. Saturday, his girlfriend said the current began sweeping him away.

Fernandez grabbed for a fishing line they had in the water, but it broke. She tried to throw him a life preserver, but Fernandez was so too away to reach it.

His girlfriend, also from Miami, told police it was the first time she’d ever been on a boat and she did not know how to operate it.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded, locating Fernandez’s body. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

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