Emma Afra Overboard Pelican Ferry Fisher Island Florida – On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Emma M Afra, 63, from Miami, Florida, was aboard the Fisher Island Pelican, when her vehicle went overboard. The ferry (see video below) had just departed from the island on a route from Fisher Island to and Miami Beach, about two miles apart. The ferry ride lasts between 8 and 12 minutes. Suddenly, the 2019 blue Mercedes Benz Afra was driving, went off the ferry into a channel, more than 50 feet deep. Also in the vehicle was Viviane Brahms, 75.
Witnesses told Miami-Dade police: that the car accelerated suddenly through a lightweight barrier aboard the Pelican ferryboat and into Government Cut, just after the ferry departed from the island on Tuesday evening.
The Fisher Island ferry system is one of the few in Florida and has operated, 24 hours a day, for decades largely with few incidents. The system, run by the Fisher Island Community Association, features three boats, including the Pelican. From the mainland, they depart from a dock on the MacArthur Causeway near the Coast Guard station to the island that touts itself as “consistently ranked as one of the wealthiest zip codes in the U.S.”
The investigation is being spearheaded by the U.S. Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Police’s homicide bureau.
Dive crews searched the waters Tuesday night and eventually found the two deceased women inside the car, reportedly embracing each other in the back seat.
Touch a Heart Dinner & Auction
On November 2, 2012, 370 guests joined Kristi House and friends for the 13th annual Touch a Heart Dinner & Auction at the Four Seasons on November 2, where $500,000 was raised in net proceeds for child victims of sexual abuse. The signature event was chaired by Emma Afra.
Several, not available-in-store items were offered for auction including a walk-on part on Burn Notice, a private dinner for 10 prepared by Chef Timon Balloo of Sugarcane at the winner’s home, a California VIP Wine Trip arranged by Republic National Distributing Company with stays in private guest houses in Napa and Sonoma, a private Neiman Marcus Coral Gables Luncheon and Fashion Show and a Neiman’s Shopping Spree, were among the exciting live auction items.
Video: Women Found In Submerged Car Off Fisher Island Identified