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Tragic Boating Accident off of Stuart

MCSO Press Conf Tragic Boating Accident S

Tragic Boating Accident off of Stuart

3 deceased, one child, and one survivor.

Hutchinson  Island , Stuart, Florida

House of Refuge
House of Refuge
photo: Cyndi Lenz

Another tragic boating accident at our shores. Four people including a 9 year old child and a PBSO Sheriff went out fishing in a center console boat yesterday morning. They left from Sandsprit Park in Stuart, Florida.

According the Sheriff Snyder they went out to fish and the boat sunk abruptly.

Tragic Boating Accident
Tragic Boating Accident

51 year old Fernandez Jones and his nine year old son Jaden Jones lost their lives along with Jone’s step father, Willis Bell. Survivor Robert Stewart is Fernandez Jones cousin. He told the Martin County Sheriff he tried to keep nine year old Jaden alive.  Jaden was found deceased but with a life jacket on.

Shoe Found by local veterinarian, Cristina Maldonado. She said " I believe this was one of their shoes. I found this north of Virginia forest beach. Exact match north of Stuart beach. Brand new, no wear and tear."
Shoe Found by local veterinarian, Cristina Maldonado. She said ” I believe this was one of their shoes. I found this north of Virginia forest beach. Exact match north of Stuart beach. Brand new, no wear and tear.”

Survivor Robert Stewart, was transported from MCSO AIR 1 with assistance from Martin County Fire Rescue. Stewart was  then transported to Martin Memorial Hospital.

mcso press conf
mcso press conf

“There was one phone call to a cell tower at 9 am.” Randy Ryan, the commanding office from the Coast Guard told us.

Randy Ryan from the US Coast Guard at the MCSO press conf regarding Tragic Boating Accident
Randy Ryan from the US Coast Guard at the MCSO press conf
regarding Tragic
Boating Accident
Photo: Cyndi Lenz

The first thing they do when someone is reported missing is to check the pings on the cell towers. There was no call for help and we still do not know if there was a radio on the boat or any of the contents of the boat for that matter.

Last night a neighbor went at 9:15 last night to sandscript park because Mrs. Jones was concerned that her family was not home. The neighbor called the police.  At 9:46 MCSO marine notified the coast guard and from there multiple agencies were notified and went out last night to search.  Two bodies were found at Hobe Sound Wild life refuge early this morning.

When the Coast Guard learned of the incident after Mrs Jones called the Police last evening, assets were dispersed from Ft Pierce all the way to Miami with a state and local presence from Martin and St Lucie County.
Sheriff Snyder said it was very rough out on the water last last night.

 

Rough Seas
Rough Seas

Update from the 2p, press conf:

Deputy Jones and his son jaiden
Deputy Jones and his son jaiden
Deputy Jones and his son jaiden
Deputy Jones and his son jaiden
Photo:PBSO

Fernandez worked for Miami PD before transferring to PBSO.

The sheriff department continues to investigate

mcso press conf
Helicopter
MCSO press conf
Photo: Cyndi Lenz

 

mcso press conf
mcso press conf
Photo: Cyndi Lenz

All of us at Treasure Coast offer our sincere condolences to the family.

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