Officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) responded Friday evening to a boat accident that ejected three of the four occupants north of Long Key Bridge, and killed 25-year-old Sean Hurley of Naples when the propellers struck him in the water, states a preliminary report from FWC. 

The accident occurred around 9:25 p.m. Friday, July 17 aboard a 35-foot Contender center console five miles north of Long Key Bridge, off Layton in the Florida Keys. 

“The vessel was on-plane while traveling from Naples to Islamorada,” the FWC report states. “The vessel approached Yacht Channel, 5 miles north of Long Key Bridge, and was experiencing a very rough sea state encountering severe thunderstorms. 

“While traveling on-plane, the vessel took a sharp turn to enter the channel. The operator lost control of the vessel and three occupants were ejected. The operator of the vessel assisted all of the occupants back to the vessel,” the report states.

Hurley and the other occupants are listed as being from Naples. All occupants are between 23 and 27 years old. 

Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the accident, the report states.

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