On September 2, 2018, at approximately 12:30PM, a 15-year old boy fell off a 25-foot watercraft and was struck in the head by the boat propeller, thus sustaining fatal injuries. The incident occurred near Kemp Channel in the Florida Keys, close to Stock Island.
According to reports, the boy’s father was operating the boat, which was carrying eight passengers in total. Reports indicate that the boat was adrift for some time when the father suddenly slipped and fell on the engine throttle, causing the vessel to unexpectedly accelerate. This led the boy to lose his balance and fall overboard, at which time he struck his head on the propeller.
The teen was immediately taken to Cudjoe Key where paramedics transported him to Lower Keys Medical Center and, unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries.