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Investigators look at a boat overturned on a jetty, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, off Miami Beach, Fla. Authorities said that Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez was one of three people killed in the boat crash early Sunday morning. Fernandez was 24. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas)

Friend texted warning to man who died in boating crash with Jose Fernandez


A friend of the man who died in the boating accident with Miami Marlins' pitcher Jose Fernandez sent several text messages warning him to stay "close to shore" prior to the crash, according to a screenshot posted on social media. 

Will Bernal posted a screen shot of the texts he sent to his friend on Sunday. Those texts may offer some clues as to the circumstances surrounding the deadly crash, according to ABC News

Fernandez, 24, Eduardo Rivero, 25, and Emilio Macias, 27, were all killed in the crash. 

The Miami Herald reported that Fernandez had argued with his girlfriend hours before the crash. 

Bernal's messages to Rivero said for them to "please be careful" and to "keep him close to the shore." 

In those texts, Rivero responded, saying, "Trust me, it's not my time yet." 

Bernal then told Rivero to "keep Jose cool" and to turn on his Find My iPhone app.

The caption on Bernal's Instagram post said that this was the last conversation he had with Rivero.

"Everyone is talking about Jose Fernandez, but you died trying to be there for him and be a good friend," Bernal wrote. "This doesn't sit with me well."

Bernal added that Rivero had gone "to help" when the pitcher called him. 

I tried so hard to tell you not to go out on that boat. It didn't feel right and we both knew it.
Will Bernal

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