MIAMI, Fla. -- The names of the two other victims in the fatal boating accident involving Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez were released earlier in the day Monday.
Miami residents Emilio Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, both described by authorities as close friends of the Marlins pitching ace, were killed along with Fernandez when a 32-foot fishing boat struck a jetty near Government Cut channel near Miami early Sunday morning, according to a report released by the Miami-Dade County Medical examiner's office.
The overturned boat was found about 3:30 am Sunday by the Coast Guard during the course of normal patrols on the jetty, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, which is heading up an investigation into the triple fatality The commission said the boat was traveling southbound when it struck the jetty, causing "extensive damage" on the boat and killing all three aboard.
According to a story published in USA Today, Fernandez, 24, had posted many pictures online of himself fishing with friends on a boat named "Caught Looking," with the "C" replaced with a backward "K" - the shorthand symbol for recording a looking strikeout in a baseball scorecard.
Macias and Rivero are graduates of G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School, which posted a message on its Instagram account memorializing the two men.
Fernandez was the ace of the Marlins pitching staff, with an 18-6 record this season, along with a 2.86 ERA and 253 strikeouts. A two-time All-Star and 2013 National League Rookie of the Year, he had been scheduled to take the mound on this Monday night against the NY Mets.