A boat riding off the shores of Islamorada struck a power pole, killing a Texas man and injuring several others during the late afternoon on May 22.
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation officers responded to the single-boat incident around 4:45 p.m. near MM 78.5, bayside, in Islamorada. According to FWC, a 22-foot center console Hydra-Sport operated by Martin Mohr, 60, of Islamorada, was traveling west when it lost control and struck a power pole. Seven passengers onboard the boat were thrown into the water.
Good samaritans and local law enforcement assisted the passengers out of the water and took them to the Indian Key boat ramp where they were treated by EMS. Five people from Texas and Mohr were treated for injuries. FWC said Jeffrey Jones, 48, of Saratoga, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene.
FWC said alcohol wasn’t a factor in the incident.
“This is an active investigation. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Jones during this difficult time,” said Jason Rafter, FWC public information officer.