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Miami-Dade County Boat Collision Leaves Two Dead
No one aboard either boat was wearing a life jacket

Posted Monday, July 13, 2009

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Investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are working to determine the cause of a fatal boating accident that occurred just before midnight on Friday in
the waters east of Dinner Key in Miami-Dade County.

Investigators say a 23-foot cabin boat operated by Paudides Machado (DOB 03/24/63) of Hialeah, was travelling at an unknown rate of speed, east from the Dinner Key Marina, when it struck a 21-foot flats boat operated by Charles W. Clayton (DOB 03/19/77) of Tallahassee. The flats boat was travelling at an unknown rate of speed toward Matheson Hammock Marina. At some point, the two boats collided.

All three people on the flats boat were thrown into the water. Two of the three died as a result of their injuries. Clayton, the operator, and his brother, Wade A. Clayton (DOB 01/25/76) of Tavernier, were
pronounced dead at the scene. The third occupant, Brandon P. Foster (DOB 07/18/77) of Miami, was transported to Mercy Hospital with unknown injuries.

Machado was also taken to Mercy Hospital with minor injuries. His passenger, Alberto Ayon (DOB 05/25/72) of Hialeah, was not injured.

At this point, it is unclear if alcohol or speed were involved in this accident.

None of the people involved were wearing life jackets.

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