Coast Guard Rejects New Lights Where Jose Fernandez Crashed

In this June 23, 2015, file photo, Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez stands in the dugout before the start of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
In this June 23, 2015, file photo, Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez stands in the dugout before the start of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard won't be installing lights on the Florida jetty where Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez crashed his boat, killing himself and two others.

The Coast Guard announced in a news release Thursday that the color-coded, lighted buoys and lighted range markers in place were sufficient. The determination follows an analysis that began last fall.

Miami-Dade County officials said earlier this month that the Government Cut jetties at the southern end of Miami Beach posed a serious threat to boaters. The Coast Guard determined installing new lights could possibly create confusion and impair safe navigation.

Fernandez and two other men died when the 24-year-old pitcher's 32-foot (10-meter) boat struck the jetty just after 3 a.m. Sept. 25. A toxicology report determined alcohol and drugs were a factor.

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