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Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary and his wife Linda were seen enjoying another relaxed day on the beach in Miami as they face a $2 million lawsuit following their horrific boating accident which left two people dead.

The 66-year-old businessman – who is nicknamed ‘Mr. Wonderful’ – and his wife of over 30 years enjoyed some fun in the sun in the VIP cabana section of a luxury beachfront resort on Sunday in Florida.

The O’Learys seemed in good spirits despite the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of one of the victims of the crash in Ontario, Canada.

Linda, who was driving the boat, escaped jail despite being charged with careless operation of a vessel over the crash on August 24, 2019.

Not a care in the world: Shark Tank star Kevin O'Leary and his wife Linda were seen enjoying another relaxed day on the beach in Miami as they face a $2 million lawsuit following their horrific boating accident which left two people dead

Not a care in the world: Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary and his wife Linda were seen enjoying another relaxed day on the beach in Miami as they face a $2 million lawsuit following their horrific boating accident which left two people dead

The O’Learys are estimated to have a net worth of $400 million. The couple share a lake house near the site of the accident.

It emerged Linda, 58, had alcohol on her breath at the time and admitted to drinking some vodka after the crash but prior to a breath test.

Gary Poltash, 64, from Florida, and mother-of-three Susanne Brito, 48, from Ontario, were killed in the nighttime collision.

The driver of their boat, New York native Richard Ruh, has been charged for driving without navigation lights.

Fun in the sun: The 66-year-old businessman - who is nicknamed 'Mr. Wonderful' - and his wife of over 30 years enjoyed some fun in the sun in the VIP cabana section of a luxury beachfront resort on Sunday in Florida

Fun in the sun: The 66-year-old businessman – who is nicknamed ‘Mr. Wonderful’ – and his wife of over 30 years enjoyed some fun in the sun in the VIP cabana section of a luxury beachfront resort on Sunday in Florida

Slithering: Linda donned a brown snakeskin one-piece swimsuit along with a matching sheer cover-up

Slithering: Linda donned a brown snakeskin one-piece swimsuit along with a matching sheer cover-up

Gary Poltash, 64, from Florida

Mother-of-three Susanne Brito, 48, from Ontario

Gary Poltash, 64, from Florida, and mother-of-three Susanne Brito, 48, from Ontario, were killed in the nighttime collision

On their most recent outing, Kevin was seen enjoying a few drinks as he sported a black New York Fire Department quarter zip sweater and a backwards baseball cap.

Linda donned a brown snakeskin one-piece swimsuit along with a matching sheer cover-up.

She accessorized with a white fedora with a matching Celine tote and brown designer shades.

This is not the first time the couple have been seen at the VIP cabana in Miami in recent weeks as they enjoyed an outing there toward the end of January in photos from DailyMail.com. 

Linda, who was driving the boat, escaped jail despite being charged with careless operation of a vessel over the crash on August 24, 2019

Linda, who was driving the boat, escaped jail despite being charged with careless operation of a vessel over the crash on August 24, 2019 

Linda had faced a maximum 18 months imprisonment and a $1 million fine, but both drivers avoided jail time and instead will likely receive marine violations and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.  

Linda, who serves as the VP of Marketing for O’Leary Wines, was driving her and Kevin’s luxury boat on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada on August 24 in 2019 when it collided with another vessel causing the two fatalities and injuring three others.

Police previously stated that Linda was not drinking or taking drugs at the time the accident occurred, but documents obtained by CBC News in Canada revealed that she ‘was administered an alcohol screening device test (after the crash) and it registered an alert’.

Linda vehemently denied she drank alcohol before or while steering the boat, with the document stating that ‘she claims to have consumed a drink of vodka following the collision but prior to the breath test’.

She reportedly does not remember who handed her the alcoholic beverage in the aftermath of the crash.

Linda’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, had told CBC that his client was not intoxicated at the time of the crash and that the accident ‘had nothing to do with alcohol’.

Linda, who serves as the VP of Marketing for O'Leary Wines, was driving her and Kevin's luxury boat on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada on August 24 in 2019 when it collided with another vessel causing the two fatalities and injuring three others. Pictured: One of the O'Leary's boats

Linda, who serves as the VP of Marketing for O’Leary Wines, was driving her and Kevin’s luxury boat on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada on August 24 in 2019 when it collided with another vessel causing the two fatalities and injuring three others. Pictured: One of the O’Leary’s boats

Ontario Provincial Police charged Linda with ‘careless operation of a vessel’, but as it is not a criminal charge, Linda will not face jail time if found guilty.

In November 2019 the family of Susanne Brito filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the O’Learys after learning that Linda would avoid jail.

Brito’s parents, Rosa and Antonio Ragone, and sister, Paula, are seeking $2million in punitive, exemplary and aggravated damages for wrongful death.

In a news release, the family’s attorney Patrick Brown, of McLeish Orlando LLP, said at the time: ‘For this grieving family, it is about obtaining civil justice so as to prevent these types of deaths and curtailing reckless and dangerous behavior from continuing on our lakes.’

‘Our family has lost a beautiful, loving person. We are devastated,’ Brito’s mother Rosa said in the release.

This is not the first time the couple have been seen at the VIP cabana in Miami in recent weeks as they enjoyed an outing there toward the end of January in photos from DailyMail.com

This is not the first time the couple have been seen at the VIP cabana in Miami in recent weeks as they enjoyed an outing there toward the end of January in photos from DailyMail.com 

Businessman Kevin was seen laughing and joking next to his wife while sitting with friends at the time

Businessman Kevin was seen laughing and joking next to his wife while sitting with friends at the time

‘We sincerely hope that through this process, that justice is served and that steps are taken so that innocent victims like Suzie, are not seriously injured and killed and that other families do not have to go through such pain and loss,’ she added.

But the O’Learys have since filed a motion in federal court denying any negligence and liability in the crash.

They are seeking to prevent any additional claims being made against them in other courts and also seek to limit any damages to $1 million under the Marine Liability Act.

The O’Learys have also filed their own lawsuit claiming more than $3 million in damages against Irv Edwards, the owner of the other boat involved in the crash, and Richard Ruh, the man who was driving, according to documents obtained by CBC News.

Marko Petrovic, the lawyer representing in the lawsuit, said the men will not be commenting.

The O'Learys are clearly unaffected by a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of one of the victims of the crash in Ontario, Canada

The O’Learys are clearly unaffected by a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of one of the victims of the crash in Ontario, Canada 

In court documents, Edwards and Ruh both deny responsibility for the crash.

Two law firms are representing the O’Learys in the separate cases.

Authorities said Poltash died instantly when the O’Leary’s smaller vessel crashed into theirs and struck him in the head.

Brito suffered severe injuries and died two days later in a hospital.

Kevin returned to TV screens just 72 hours after the crash, with an appearance on CNBC’s Closing Bell, in which he did not disclose that it had happened.

In an interview on the subject on October 30, 2019 Kevin told Fox Business: ‘It’s a horrific accident and it’s exactly that, nobody wanted this to happen and both drivers of both boats were given marine violations, they’re not criminal charges.

‘But out of respect for the families that were involved in this and the people that were injured, I really don’t discuss it much, because I want the process to just play out as it should.

‘I have a lot of respect for their privacy as they grieve. It’s a horrible accident, just that, there’s nobody to blame, it’s sad that it occurred and my heart goes out to those families and that’s what I tell everybody.’

The O'Learys, who have been married for more than 30 years, are estimated to have a net worth of $400 million. The couple share a lake house near the site of the accident

The O’Learys, who have been married for more than 30 years, are estimated to have a net worth of $400 million. The couple share a lake house near the site of the accident

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