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.

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Jim McCarthy is a Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 3-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, mixed martial arts and golf. He loves to hit the links and play some softball with his Make A Play team. He also enjoys time with family and his new baby boy, Lucas, who arrived Oct. 4, 2022.