Fisher Island ferry accident leaves Port of Miami temporarily closed


One man was killed and another hospitalized after a 30-foot boat struck the Fisher Island ferry near Miami early Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The two men were on the boat, which sank after the accident, Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Estrada said. The vessel has since been recovered and removed, according to a tweet from the Coast Guard.

The port’s north and south channels were initially closed, preventing some ships, including cruise ships, from arriving and loading. However, PortMiami has reopened.

Schedules for three different cruise ships were temporarily suspended, port officials said, and a “temporary safety zone” was established.

“Due to a waterways incident on Sunday…the PortMiami channel is closed. The closure will affect the arrival and disembarkation times of passengers on Carnival Celebration, MSC Seascape and NCL Escape. PortMiami said in a tweet Sunday morning.

Three crew members on the ferry are “fine,” according to Estrada.

CNN has reached out to Miami Fire Rescue and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is overseeing the investigation.

CNN also reached out to the three cruise ship companies that PortMiami said were affected by the incident.

“We have been in direct contact with our guests and will continue to provide updates as we learn more from officials,” Carnival Cruise Line told CNN, adding, “We will defer to officials with the USCG and the port for questions and other comments.”

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