6 hospitalized after ocean surge at South Pointe Park – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

MIAMI BEACH, FL. (WSVN) – A massive wave lashed a sidewalk near South Pointe Park in Miami Beach, injuring six people and hospitalizing them.

Rough surf combined with king tides resulted in a massive wave around 10:45 a.m. Friday, injuring people in South Pointe Park.

The powerful rogue wave pushed water past a sidewalk, and the people on it flew into Government Cut. A bicycle was thrown against the railing.

The Miami Beach Fire Department raised two red flags for a high surf warning until 8 p.m. Friday to warn the public that it is not safe to enter the water.

Police cordoned off an area of ​​the park while investigating the crime scene.

According to Miami Beach police, six people were affected by the powerful wave; They were all taken to the hospital.

A witness took photos showing victims with cuts on their arms and legs. One person appeared to have a head injury.

“I’ve never seen the water so turbulent,” said resident Williams Schachte, who lives nearby.

Schachte and another witness, Tim Carr, saw the dangerous conditions from their condominium building and rode their bikes into the park to get a closer look.

“I was really shocked,” Carr said. “It’s sort of the perfect storm between royal tides this month and what I think is the remains of Ian.”

Ocean Rescue units jumped into the water to rescue the people who fell in and were bumped into the rocks, like one surfer who said the rescue wasn’t easy.

“The stream is retreating; There’s no way to swim in it,” he said. “The lifeguard really saved me and got hurt in the process, he did and I really appreciate it man.”

7News spotted a man being treated after he too crashed into the surf. He walked with bandages on his arms and feet.

Video footage from a nearby building showed how high the surf was as it blanketed the sand and reached brushwood along the concrete.

The water in Miami Beach was so high that some lifeguard stations had to be moved to a higher level.

“It is strongly recommended that beachgoers understand the hazards associated with the royal tide, such as currents and heavy surf conditions that can be very dangerous and sometimes fatal,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Erika Benitez.

Residents in high-rise buildings along the beach caught the white caps and waves of floors.

People in Key Biscayne also saw the same sight at this point as the water was pushed well past the dunes.

“It may be sunny but when you have waves like this and this kind of action, be really careful out there,” said one viewer.

On Friday night, 7News cameras showed the area where the swell was still cordoned off eleven hours after the incident. Park rangers said it’s unclear when it will reopen.

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