Man dies in personal watercraft crash off Keewaydin Island

A 31-year-old Miami man died Sunday evening in a Jet Ski crash off Keewaydin Island, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said.

Carlos Ignacio Aragon was pronounced dead en route to NCH Downtown Naples Hospital after the collision, which was reported at about 6:30 p.m., FWC officials said. Aragon and Jorge Mendez, 52, of Miami, were riding separate Jet Skis when they crashed into each other. Mendez wasn’t hurt in the collision.

A cause remains under investigation, and a precise location of the collision wasn’t immediately available. It’s unknown whether alcohol played a factor in the crash, FWC Officer Jorge Pino said.

Investigators said Aragon’s family might be living in Cuba.

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eagle1610 writes:

Sad,

A Coast Guard officer told me that personal watercraft fulfill the 20/80 rule; 20% of the vessels on the water that cause 80% of the calls on the water.

Throat_Yogurt writes:

Weekend warriors giving us PWC riders a bad name. Now we will be under the microscope for months because of this - cant wait to be pulled over by every branch of law enforcement now.

I personally have one that does over 70 and if you do not know what your doing you will EASILY die.

They're just like guns and motorcycles - if you don't know what you're doing, don't use it.

Spock_is_logical writes:

Blood alc. %?

Heraclitus writes:

I'll stick with my canoe and my kayak.

No noise, no fumes... only wakes from PWCs.

cgbexec writes:

PWC's are very fun, but they can be very dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. Many of these craft have between 150 and 250 hp and are capable of speeds in the 50 to 70 mph range. Water does not compress well over about 35 mph, so falling off at high speed is not like jumping in water, you will skip like a flat rock. The most dangerous thing about PWC's is the fact they are water jet powered and that water jet provides the steering. When inexperienced riders get into a jam, the first things they do are, let off the throttle and turn the handlebars to avoid a collision. They quickly find out that the second they chopped the throttle, they lost all steering. It is a shame this man lost his life and I feel for his family and friends.

nicefish writes:

How many times have you actually seen someone on PWC who wasn't acting like a total moron, following the rules and respecting other boaters and kayakers? There's a reason why they are banned from the national parks.

Throat_Yogurt writes:

in response to jimslade48:

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Mine comes stock with a 1.8L inline 4 cyl. 180HP. And that's on the low end of the scale.

Kawasaki's come stock with 300hp. But with the stock grates, ride plates, & sponsons, these watercraft are limited out of the factory.

MarcoRobert writes:

I hate to be rude -- a man lost his life -- however most boaters and fisherpeople hate PWC's. When your running out to your "honey-hole" , or just out for a ride with the family, PWC's decend on you like flies on a horse's arse.

They circle you, then they want to jump your wake, and where there are no wake or 5mph zones out in the Ten Thousand areas they just blatantly roar past knowing that there is just not enough LEO's or FWC's around to catch them all.

I'm a fly-guy fisherman now, and walk the flats or the ebb and flow tide around Tigertale/Hideaway beaches (no, not a member and I sold my boat as well) so when these water-rockets zoom by me I'm done there; all the fish are spooked.

I try, when I post here (which I have for years)I sincerely try to be fair and always try to profer a thought, idea or suggestion for a fix to a problem.

This time around I'm stumped...I have nothing to offer to fix this one. This issue is not alone. The number of four-wheel ATV's sales have skyrocketed in the last ten years. People are dying in mass numbers for what turned out to be a day of fun, that ended up being their last day alive.

NaplesShmaples writes:

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swampbuggy writes:

in response to MarcoRobert:

I hate to be rude -- a man lost his life -- however most boaters and fisherpeople hate PWC's. When your running out to your "honey-hole" , or just out for a ride with the family, PWC's decend on you like flies on a horse's arse.

They circle you, then they want to jump your wake, and where there are no wake or 5mph zones out in the Ten Thousand areas they just blatantly roar past knowing that there is just not enough LEO's or FWC's around to catch them all.

I'm a fly-guy fisherman now, and walk the flats or the ebb and flow tide around Tigertale/Hideaway beaches (no, not a member and I sold my boat as well) so when these water-rockets zoom by me I'm done there; all the fish are spooked.

I try, when I post here (which I have for years)I sincerely try to be fair and always try to profer a thought, idea or suggestion for a fix to a problem.

This time around I'm stumped...I have nothing to offer to fix this one. This issue is not alone. The number of four-wheel ATV's sales have skyrocketed in the last ten years. People are dying in mass numbers for what turned out to be a day of fun, that ended up being their last day alive.

Robert, maybe it doesn't need fixing. Your comment makes it clear you are just trying to use your so called concern to outlaw something you don't like.
Try the facts, 125 PWC accidents and 12 deaths in 2010. 18 deaths on ATV's the same year.
So in your humble opinion, we need government action the protect these people from themselves.Is the death a tragedy? Of course but the chances of getting killed on Pine Ridge Road are higher than activities you distain. Did it ever occur to you that some people would rather die while their living than live while their dead?
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Throat_Yogurt writes:

in response to jimslade48:

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Agreed Jim. I've been riding for 12 years, but there are still a lot of idiots out there. RIP to the gentlemen who died..might not have even been his fault.

As for the boaters who hate us, to each his own. I enjoy a nice wake behind a larger boat but as I said, there are more irresponsible weekend warriors out there than there are responsible riders.

I've been on the water my entire life and I have seen a countless number of sh**heads in my day

woodguru writes:

Wave runners barely chip your gelcoat if you hit them right.

swampfox writes:

Jet skies are boring after the first 15 mins.

HAP writes:

Family might be living in Cuba? And he was an illegal. J.S. = time for the drunks to drink more.

username writes:

steering issues?

www.cobrajetsteering.com

VENI_VIDI_VICI writes:

Operator error, impaired,Reckless,or novice rider? More to follow?

dolph66 writes:

There was a time you could go to little marco and see less than 6 boats (maybe none on a weekday) Now jet skis and go fast boats have ruined it in the inland waterway. Not all jet skis but most of them. As for the speed of these things, there is a young man here in Naples that has a ski that will easily exceed 100 mph he is also ranked in the top 3 in the world of ski racing but not on Naples bay

goodlander10 writes:

these things really suck if you are trying to fish, I like to go to cape and the passes around the dome house and the jet ski tours just make it impossible to fish, even in the small creeks, they com on by ,say they are sorry, but by then the fish are spooked and done, now I go farther south and this extreme tour goes there now, the only place you can avoid them is in the park,BAN THEM NOW

wrightconnection writes:

in response to MarcoRobert:

I hate to be rude -- a man lost his life -- however most boaters and fisherpeople hate PWC's. When your running out to your "honey-hole" , or just out for a ride with the family, PWC's decend on you like flies on a horse's arse.

They circle you, then they want to jump your wake, and where there are no wake or 5mph zones out in the Ten Thousand areas they just blatantly roar past knowing that there is just not enough LEO's or FWC's around to catch them all.

I'm a fly-guy fisherman now, and walk the flats or the ebb and flow tide around Tigertale/Hideaway beaches (no, not a member and I sold my boat as well) so when these water-rockets zoom by me I'm done there; all the fish are spooked.

I try, when I post here (which I have for years)I sincerely try to be fair and always try to profer a thought, idea or suggestion for a fix to a problem.

This time around I'm stumped...I have nothing to offer to fix this one. This issue is not alone. The number of four-wheel ATV's sales have skyrocketed in the last ten years. People are dying in mass numbers for what turned out to be a day of fun, that ended up being their last day alive.

I'm with you on this one, I've had many a charter ruined by some irresponsable jet ski operators while stalking bonefish in north Key Largo. They are banned in the parks because they stress the wildlife. I also agree with the poster that said after 15 minutes, it's boring. I own a poster depicting a fly fisherman hooking up a jet skier from a flats skiff... I love it.

TSOL writes:

in response to wrightconnection:

I'm with you on this one, I've had many a charter ruined by some irresponsable jet ski operators while stalking bonefish in north Key Largo. They are banned in the parks because they stress the wildlife. I also agree with the poster that said after 15 minutes, it's boring. I own a poster depicting a fly fisherman hooking up a jet skier from a flats skiff... I love it.

I know that poster & love it too.

Let me start by saying I'm not a fan of banning anything I feel that being in the land of the free a person should be able to own what ever they want. With that said however the PWC crowd really needs to either police themselves or perhaps some type of licensing is in order to be able to operate one. The vast majority of people who think PWC operators are jerks is because of PWC operators to operate in a careless and reckless manner. I can't count how many times I have been fishing an area only to have some jack wad on a jet ski come out of no ware and buzz by me attempt to show off. It's almost like they need to have an audience or they think everyone thinks they're cool and want to see what they can do. Look at me, look at me, look at me syndrome. I have personally witnessed the reckless operation way to many times to to count but several really stand out.

1.) I took my wife and oldest daughter who was 5 at the time out fishing in our small Gheenoe one December day. We launched at Collier Seminole Park and went down the Black Water River this is a very small, narrow, shallow river in some spots probably 6' - 10' wide with a low mangrove canopy. Coming back in at idle speed we were in the narrowest part of the river when I heard the buzzing of jet skis, I pulled over to the right and into the mangroves as far as possible. The first jet skier came flying around a blind corner and when he saw us he went into the mangroves the next one come flying around and almost hit the first one and there were two more after that all were going at least 35 MPH in a very narrow creek used by a lot of kayakers and canoers the look on their faces was priceless. I normally don't get mad but I let these SOB had it, they had out of state registration and I suspect it may have been Canadian. What if I hadn't been able to get out of the way all these morons were concerned with was their fun flying through the mangroves.

2.) I saw some jet skiers screwing around in the no wake zone on the west side of Rookery Bay. I charter boat capt. told them to slow down that this was a no wake zone. Well these morons didn't listen and came flying through just as they reached the end of the zone FWC pulled all 3 of them over as we passed the officer was reading them the riot act and wasn't being pleasant at all.

3.) This is a funny one I was fishing along side a flat when a jet skier came flying up you should have seen the look on his face when he came to a sudden stop on the sand.

wes writes:

in response to swampfox:

Jet skies are boring after the first 15 mins.

You got that right. Just time killers for people who seek thoughtless convenience at any cost.

NeezDutz writes:

in response to NaplesShmaples:

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Why?

jvic47 writes:

Too much horsepower + no common sense + inexperience = Disaster

zman71 writes:

Another horrible death followed by a bunch of opinions from the land of the newly-wed and nearly dead!!
If you have a boat and believe that it is much quiter than a personal watercraft; you are wrong. If you think that an outboard prop is more "eco-friendly" than a jet drive; you are wrong.If you believe that personal watercraft should be banned so that you can enjoy your quiet afternoon on your kayak, canoe, or boat; you are selfish.

Plenty of water, plenty of fish, and plenty of space for everyone to ride what they choose.

cgbexec writes:

There is no reason to ban them. I don't own one, but I have spent plenty of time on them and they are fun. More education is needed. I'm not for licensing, but the dealerships that sell them should spend more time educating their buyers. We already have laws in place, too many if you ask me. If you get the opportunity to speak with the driver of one doing something wrong, please take the time to calmly educate them. I don't believe that all of the irresponsible operators are idiots, just uneducated and inexperienced. We need to stop banning things and instead learn to educate and live with each other in peace!

Throat_Yogurt writes:

IDIOTS FROM MIAMI - GO FIGURE.

DON'T HATE ON THE LOCAL RIDERS FROM NAPLES.

lemonjello writes:

in response to jimslade48:

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Ignore ISPEAK. He is clueless.

eagle1610 writes:

in response to zman71:

Another horrible death followed by a bunch of opinions from the land of the newly-wed and nearly dead!!
If you have a boat and believe that it is much quiter than a personal watercraft; you are wrong. If you think that an outboard prop is more "eco-friendly" than a jet drive; you are wrong.If you believe that personal watercraft should be banned so that you can enjoy your quiet afternoon on your kayak, canoe, or boat; you are selfish.

Plenty of water, plenty of fish, and plenty of space for everyone to ride what they choose.

To run constantly at high speeds in shallow water - leaves almost continous wakes that erode the mangrove shoreline and stress wildlife.

Boats (fishing) run to destinations (usually) not in continous loops as jet skis do.

Jet ski's are louder - and cause a disproportionate number of Coast Guard calls.

I've seen the same jet ski's race through shallow calm water - back and forth (boring???) while I remained either anchored or trolling - the shorelines are inundated with wakes and the noise is very high.

Why the obsession with running around the mangroves - is the Gulf of Mexico too big for you?

BigMunch writes:

Another crybaby who thinks that only he is allowed to be on the water. Maybe if a few Boaters can Stop anchoring their boat in the middle of the trail or the channel then we wouldn't have to bother you when we glide by with our clean and quiet 4 stroke skis. If I had a dollar for every Boater that anchored his boat right in the narrow channel and threw out his fishing lines I would be a rich man. It's equivalent to stopping your car in the middle of the street and getting out to have a picnic in the road.
Then how many do we see who give us the dirty look when we ride by or yell at us for disturbing the fishing area ( in the middle of the marked channel).
Runabout skis : There are no props to damage the enviroment and we do not travel in circles. ( People on Rental skis do that often, not sure why.)
The waves put off by a ski traveling in a straight line are very minimal, about 1/5th of those of almost any boat.

dmarko326 writes:

Why spend thousands (tens of thousands?) on a jet ski when you can take that same money and buy a bow rider?

wrightconnection writes:

in response to zman71:

Another horrible death followed by a bunch of opinions from the land of the newly-wed and nearly dead!!
If you have a boat and believe that it is much quiter than a personal watercraft; you are wrong. If you think that an outboard prop is more "eco-friendly" than a jet drive; you are wrong.If you believe that personal watercraft should be banned so that you can enjoy your quiet afternoon on your kayak, canoe, or boat; you are selfish.

Plenty of water, plenty of fish, and plenty of space for everyone to ride what they choose.

I did not read any posts here where people claim that their outboards are quieter, or more eco friendly. I don't think personal watercraft should be banned either. I do however believe that common courtesy is lacking by most all pwc operators. They are definatley the most irresponsable vessel operators on the water. I have a 100 ton masters license and have spent my entire life living in Fla. I speak from experience. Yes, I live in the land of "the nearly deads and newlyweds" now, but I'm no stranger to the Fla. coast from Pensacola to Key West, and my experences have all been the same in this state when it comes tp pwc operators. It blows my mind that it's legal for anyone to operate as big a vessel as they can afford without any kind of licensing. Unlike automobiles, motorcycles, tractor trailers, mopeds, airplanes, trains, and any other type of transportation you can think of. Most boaters could benifit greatly from a Coast Guard Auxilary safe boating course just so they can learn the "rules of the road". Most "skippers" don't have a clue. Fla has over 900 miles of coastline, the government is missing out on huge revenues from vessel licensing. It would make our waters safer and generate big bucks for our state.

aj writes:

No respect for others at all. Just a bunch of yahoo's racing down the intercoatal waterways. Noisy PWC with idiots on board usually all ginned up ruining a nice peaceful day for others. They all should be rounded up and scrapped. Disgusting little people on pumkinseeds with engines. They are like ants at a picnic

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