Driving Under the Influence Isn’t Better in a Boat

Jose Fernandez, the 24-year-old pitcher was killed in a boat crash early Sunday off Miami Beach. Miami Marlins Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident

A toxicology report released Saturday has revealed that Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was legally drunk and had cocaine in his system at the time of his fatal boat crash in Miami.

Cocaine and 0.147 at the time of his death. That is a few cocktails.

Everything bad I ever saw happen on the water involved alcohol. (Except maybe a fire that I only saw at a distance.) Things go bad pretty fast on the water, when they go bad. Best to have your wits about you.

I know people think boating and drinking go together. Not hardly. I never drink until the anchor is down, and I’m sure it is secure. And even then you have to keep an eye on things.

His boat was found upside down, crashed on a jetty off Miami Beach. That area of the coast is very well charted, but a lot of things are not lit. Only the markers to the main channel entrance, and some of the notable hazards – that could damage a cruise ship, say – have day markers, let alone lights. And there are no brakes on a boat.

Was this a tragedy? No doubt, but it appears to be one of his own making.