Man dies in jet ski crash off Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa

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Published May 7
Updated May 7

TAMPA — A man died Sunday after his personal watercraft collided with another in the waters off the Courtney Campbell Causeway, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Alberto Portales Fernandez, 42, of Tampa was fatally injured in the crash, FWC officials said. Helen Gore, 41, of Clearwater was riding the other craft.

The collision occurred on the Tampa side of the causeway near Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill, 7720 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa police said.

Fernandez was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, FWC officials said.

Gore was also taken to Tampa General. She was reported to be in critical condition late Sunday and officials did not update her condition on Monday.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

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