Two dead, one prop struck - First Day Lobster Mini Season, Florida

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DandyDon

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Happens every year at this time...

2 men die, another injured by boat propeller on first day of lobster mini season
MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Two major incidents were reported on the first day of lobster mini season in Monroe County as one man died after losing consciousness at Sawyer Key and another man was airlifted to a hospital after being struck by a boat propeller off the Lower Keys. A man also drowned off the coast of Pompano Beach, according to officials.

According to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt, someone called 911 around 7:10 a.m. Wednesday to report that a man was preparing to dive for lobsters when he began to struggle in the water.

Linhardt said a good Samaritan performed CPR on the victim and he was taken to Sugarloaf Key before being transported to a hospital, where he died.

Autopsy results are pending and the victim’s identity is being withheld as authorities work to notify the next of kin.

According to Linhardt, the incident involving the man who was struck by a boat propeller occurred around 8:25 a.m.

He said the victim was struck in the leg by the propeller.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, boats must maintain a distance of at least 300 feet from a displayed dive flag.

Linhardt said the diver was first taken to Cudjoe Key and then to Sugarloaf Key where Trauma Star airlifted him to a Miami hospital.

The victim’s identity is also being withheld as authorities work to contact his relatives.

His condition has not been released.

The City of Pompano Beach also confirmed that a diver drowned off North Ocean Boulevard shortly after 9:30 a.m.

According to a news release, Pompano Beach Fire-Rescue units responded to the scene and were told that the man was diving for lobster when he surfaced in distress.

The diver was taken to the Hillsboro Inlet on a boat and CPR was performed on him until the group was met by first responders.

Officials said the victim went into cardiac arrest and was transported to Broward Health North, where he died.

“According to the others on the boat, the 39-year-old Pompano Beach resident was diving for lobster with another man and a female on a private 30-foot boat in approximately 25 feet of water off the Pompano Beach coast when the incident occurred,” the news release stated.

Officials said the second man also became distressed while tending to the victim and was also taken to Broward Health North to be evaluated.
 
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I knew of people in Florida that claimed to dive for lobster each year and said they never took a class. I would just shake my head and say that’s a very bad idea.

Like Don said, this happens every year. People don a mask, tank, fins, and regulator and jump in the water for the first tim in a year or years and go hunting lobster.
 
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Florida game wardens used to offer a safety seminar, but I think that was discontinued.
 

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The mini-season was canceled last year. Florida game wardens used to offer a safety seminar, but I think that was discontinued.
Mini season was NOT cancelled last year.
 

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I’ll never understand the insanity over a few bugs. The vast majority are safe divers. It’s the small minority who cause the problems. Personally, I don’t even eat the things so that may be why I don’t get it. I stay out of the water entirely during mini season. I’ll gladly let others fill the boats these 2 days a year.
 

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The mini-season was canceled last year. Florida game wardens used to offer a safety seminar, but I think that was discontinued.
Where did you get any of that information?
 
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I knew of people in Florida that claimed to dive for lobster each year and said they never took a class. I would just shake my head and say that’s a very bad idea.

Since one doesn’t have to take a formal class or get certified to dive, it’s only logical to assume that quite a few people wouldn’t.

Wether or not it’s a very bad idea is a philosophical question. What percentage of people take formal swimming classes? Is it significantly less risky to swim in the ocean with waves and rip currents than do a shallow dive with fins, tank, and a flotation device? As a result, how many swimming vs. diving accidents are there?

Diving is probably one of the very few activities that’s not government regulated, where the majority of participants willingly agree to pay 2-3 privately owned corporations for training where it’s not in fact required. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of another one.
 
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