27-Year-Old Man Killed in Haulover Inlet Boat Crash

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Posted: September 19, 2020

A boat crash on Thursday resulted in a man being ejected from the vessel and going missing. Now, authorities have found the body of the missing victim, and have arrested the driver of the boat that crashed. 

NBCMiami.com reports that authorities took 53-year-old Dean Sealey into custody at approximately 3:00 a.m. Friday morning in the area of Northeast 20th Avenue of Fort Lauderdale. Police believe that Sealey was the diver of the boat that crashed into Haulover Inlet, killing 27-year-old Zach Forte and leaving another person wading in the water. 

When authorities went to arrest Sealey he temporarily hid inside a damaged boat near Serafina Italian Restaurant. Eventually authorities were abel to take Sealey into custody without incident. "We were told we had to leave the building and quietly go out the back because something was going on at the backside of the restaurant," one diner told NBC Miami. 

The U.S. Coast Guard recovered Forte's body shortly before arresting Sealey.