MIAMI (July 5, 2014) Authorities in Florida confirmed Saturday that four people were killed in a boat collision near Miami's Dinner Key Marina Friday night.
The boaters are believed to have been out celebrating the Fourth of July holiday at the time of the crash.
Rescuers were alerted by one of the boaters who said he'd been hit by another vessel and that his 36-foot pleasure craft was taking on water, the Coast Guard said.
Eight people were taken to shore and transported to local hospitals.
Two later died.
Commercial salvage crews found the second vessel believed involved in the crash with two unconscious females on board.
Searchers located two more bodies Saturday morning.
A spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the crash happened about the time boaters would have been returning to the marina after the July Fourth fireworks display.