Two major incidents at start of lobster mini season

Man dies after losing consciousness at Sawyer Key

A man was pronounced dead at Lower Keys Medical Center Wednesday morning after losing consciounessess in the water at Sawyer Key.

911 Communications Specialists were notified at approximately 7:10 a.m. that a male was preparing to dive for lobsters when he began to struggle in the water.

A nearby good Samaritan helped with CPR. The man was brought to Sugarloaf Key and then taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Autopsy results are pending.

The man’s name, age and address are being withholding pending the notification of next of kin.


Man airlifted after being struck by boat propeller off Lower Keys

A man was airlifted to a Miami hospital after his leg was struck by a boat propeller Wednesday morning.

911 Communications Specialists were notified at approximately 8:25 a.m. of the incident.

The patient was taken to Cudjoe Key and then to Sugarloaf Key where Trauma Star airlifted him to a Miami hospital. It was not immediately clear to which hospital the patient was en route.

The man’s name, age and address are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.