Columbus Day Weekend Deadly Boating Accident In Key Biscayne

Columbus Day Weekend Deadly Boating Accident In Key Biscayne

On Saturday, Oct. 11, boaters were busy celebrating Columbus Day weekend, a notoriously busy boating weekend in Miami. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, on Saturday evening, Maria Del Valle was aboard a 27-foot boat with several other passengers when it was struck by a 68-foot yacht. The 29-year-old mother of four was first taken to Mercy Hospital and then transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.The crash is under investigation and two other people who were on the smaller boat are still hospitalized. None of the 21 passengers on the larger boat were injured.”Unfortunately, boating accidents are not rare, particularly during the night on holiday weekends,” says Mitch Panter, founding partner of Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A.”Boaters have a duty to obey water safety practices, including installing proper lighting, following navigation procedures, wearing life jackets, and not drinking and navigating,” continues David Sampedro, partner of Panter, Panter & Sampedro.

“Boating can be a fun and relaxing activity, but it’s also one that comes with a lot of responsibility. Boaters can quickly become liable if they act negligently and an individual aboard their vessel, near their vessel or aboard another vessel is injured as a result of their negligence,” adds Brett Panter, founding partner of Panter, Panter & Sampedro

Injuries that occur on the open water fall under the jurisdiction of maritime law. The lawyers at Panter, Panter & Sampedro have over 20 years of experience protecting the rights of injured people. The firm’s experienced attorneys are committed to helping injured parties and their families receive the full compensation they are entitled to after a boating accident.

As with all of the firm’s practice areas, no recovery means no attorney’s fees. For more information on maritime law, please visit or call 305-662-6178. The firm’s office is located in the Panter Building (6950 North Kendall Drive, Miami, FL, 33156).

Source:, “Deadly Boating Accident Claims Woman’s Life,” Oct. 12, 2014