Viviane Brahms Overboard Pelican Ferry Fisher Island Florida – On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Viviane Brahms, 75, from Harrison, New York, was aboard the Fisher Island ferry Pelican, when the vehicle she was riding inside, driven by Emma Afra 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.
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 investigation is being spearheaded by the U.S. Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Police’s homicide bureau.
Services will be held for Viviane Brahms at Riverside Memorial Chapel – 180 West 76th Street, New York, NY.
Brahms in the 1990s reportedly was an owner of the Red Zone nightclub on West 54th Street in Manhattan, then a hot spot among the city’s club kids.
Roberto Sosa, the president and CEO of the Fisher Island Community Association, confirmed the deaths in a statement, “It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the tragic loss of life of Emma Afra and Vivian Brahms, who perished when the car they were riding on the ferry ended up in the water for reasons still to be determined,” Sosa said.
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.”
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.
The Pelican is a 113-foot passenger vessel built in 1981. It had an active Coast Guard certification and was last inspected on January 23, 2020, according to the United States Coast Guard.
Video: Women Found In Submerged Car Off Fisher Island Identified