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Bodies of Two Women Recovered after Car Falls off Fisher Island Ferry

A bizarre and terrifying accident off exclusive Fisher Island in Miami has left two women dead.

There are no roads or bridges connecting Fisher Island Hotel and Resort, just south of Miami Beach, with the mainland.

Guests staying in the $1500-a-night suites use a ferry to cross a narrow waterway known as Government Cut.

Late yesterday apparently one of the cars on the ferry fell into the water.

Officials found the submerged 2019 Mercedes with the bodies of two women inside.
The women have has been identified as 63-year-old Emma Afra, who was driving, and her passenger 75-year-old Viviane Brahms.

Emma Afra, 63, (left) of Miami Beach, and Viviane Brahms, 75, of Harrison, New York, died Feb. 18 after Afra’s car fell off the Fisher Island Ferry and sank in Government Cut.

After five hours of searching, Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said the blue Mercedes-Benz had been recovered from the water.

The Fisher Island Community Association released a statement regarding the incident that read:

“Shortly before 5:00 p.m. today, a vehicle on the Fisher Island Ferry ended up in the water for reasons still unknown at this point in time. Fisher Island Community Association is actively assisting the various agencies involved in the ongoing recovery efforts. Our thoughts are with all those affected. We cannot confirm any additional details at this point in time.”

Zabaleta said his agency is conducting the death investigation, while the Coast Guard is investigating how the car came off the Fisher Island Ferry.