Yacht Captain Arrested After Passenger's Propeller Death Off Miami Beach

A Florida charter boat captain is facing charges related to the death of a passenger on one of his boating trips.

A U.S. Department of Justice news release says 49-year-old Mauricio Alvarez was arrested last week as he was trying to board an overseas flight at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. 

According to the release, Alvarez was charged with misconduct or neglect of a ship officer that resulted in the death.

Court records say he was operating a motor yacht called “Miami Vice” with seven passengers on April 1. Officials say the boat stopped in Biscayne Bay, between Miami and Miami Beach, and some of the passengers went swimming.

The complaint says Alvarez engaged the engines at some point, and one of the swimmers was hit and killed by the propeller.

The complaint also says Alvarez didn’t have a U.S. captain’s license.

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