POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami.com) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office identified 51-year-old Jose Torres of Ft. Lauderdale as the victim of a boat accident when powerful storms moved across South Florida Thursday night.
According to BSO, Torres and 63-year-old Mercedes Solivan of Plantation were fishing about 1.5 miles off shore when the storm caught them by surprise.READ MORE: At Least 1 Hospitalized As Car Ends Up In Canal In SW Miami-Dade
The powerful wind and choppy water capsized the 13 ft. boat, throwing the men into the water. Official say neither of them were wearing life jackets and were not good swimmers.READ MORE: Parkland first responder weighs in on Uvalde massacre: ‘It’s gut wrenching’
Solivan was able to cling to the boat until a passing boat came to his aid.MORE NEWS: Residents fed up with Biscayne Bay parties
Torres was not able to hold on to the side of the boat and he eventually slipped under the water. His body was found by boaters near just north of the Hillsboro Inlet about 35-40 minutes later.