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Fatal Snorkeling Accident in Florida Keys Raises Important Safety Questions

August 31, 2022
Personal Injury

Snorkeler Possibly Hit By Boat According to FWC

According to multiple reports, a 27-year-old man died in a fatal snorkeling accident that occurred near Stock Island. The man’s death is under investigation, but authorities believe he may have been hit in the head by a boat, resulting in his death.

At Mase Mebane Seitz, we are saddened to hear about this tragic incident. As the investigation continues, it serves as an important reminder for those in and around South Florida to stay safe while in the water. Deadly accidents can happen in an instant. If you or a loved one have been injured in a snorkeling accident, contact our office at (305) 487-8863 to schedule a free case evaluation. 

Fatal Snorkeling Accident Under Investigation

As reported by Local 10 News, the death of a snorkeler is continuing to be investigated. The incident, which occurred on July 25, 2022, involved a 27-year-old man from Port Orange. While checking on two vessels off Key Haven, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers were notified of a snorkeler that had not resurfaced.

After an intensive search, his body was recovered. Initial reports indicate that he suffered a traumatic head injury, possibly from being struck by a vessel. Because FWC boats were in the area at the time of the accident, the agency has requested the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to conduct an independent investigation. 

Snorkeling Safety Tips

While snorkeling may seem innocuous compared to other more extreme water sports, it can still be dangerous. Snorkeling accidents can be deadly, and they can happen in mere moments. Individuals and nearby boaters can take steps to keep themselves and others safe.

Snorkeling safety tips include:

  • Never snorkeling alone
  • Having an adequate lookout
  • Wearing a floatation device
  • Ensuring you are in good physical condition
  • Paying attention to weather and water condition
  • Avoiding snorkeling in high vessel traffic areas
  • Snorkeling where there is ample visibility
  • Ensuring that “divers-down” flags are properly placed
  • Staying close to divers-down flags

Boaters can help keep snorkelers safe by having a proper lookout and paying attention to divers-down flags. Florida law requires that divers-down flags be displayed to notify other vessels that divers and snorkelers are in the water. When divers-down flags are displayed, other vessels must not come within 100 feet of the flag on a river, inlet, or navigation channel, or within 300 feet on other waters.

Failure to follow this and other safety regulations can result in serious injury or death. If you or a loved one are involved in an accident of this nature, you might be entitled to a personal injury or wrongful death claim

Contact Our Office to Learn More

If you were involved in a snorkeling accident caused by another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, contact our office for a free consultation. Our attorneys have helped to recover millions on behalf of injury victims and their families. Get the high-quality legal representation you need to get the results you deserve. Call (305) 487-8863 to discuss your legal options.

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