José Fernéndez died early Sunday morning in a boat crash alongside two friends

By Caitlin Keating
September 28, 2016 04:15 PM

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is investigating the safety issues of the rock jetty that claimed the lives of Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernéndez and his two friends on Sunday morning.

“While our hearts are heavy with grief for the numerous lives lost every year on the water, we can do more to save others,” the Associated Press reports Rubio wrote in a letter to the Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers. “As a boater myself, I have experienced firsthand the challenges this particular jetty can present to others trying to navigate around it.”

The Florida senator and onetime presidential candidate added that he’d like a review of the century-old jetty – which extends out from Miami’s port and is difficult to see at night – hoping to find out if it poses a chronic danger to boaters.

In addition to Fernandez, Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero also died in the crash.

The cause of the crash is currently being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

On Wednesday, players and fans gathered along the west side of Marlins Park for the departure of a funeral motorcade at 2:16 p.m.

A public viewing will be held at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and a private funeral Mass will be held Thursday with family and Marlins players and personnel.

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