VENICE, Fla. (970 WFLA) – The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has been notified by the Largo Medical Examiner’s Office that 9-year-old Oceana Irizzary has died.
Officials say the child was critically injured in the plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon. The investigation into the crash as well as the deaths of Oceana and her father, 36-year old Sgt. 1st Class Ommy Irizarry is continuing.
It happened around 2:45 pm after the airport contacted the sheriff’s office regarding a small plane in distress that could not make it back to the airport. Deputies say the pilot was going to try to land on the beach.
Officials say the pilot of the 1972 piper cherokee and his passenger were rescued and uninjured.