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FL: Man dies while hunting lobsters; girl loses finger

July 27, 2017


A 79-year-old Florida man died Wednesday while hunting for lobster off Bahia Honda in the Florida Keys.

The man, William Biddle of Temple Terrace, was snorkeling when he had “difficulty in the water and did not survive,” said Carol Lyn Parrish, public information coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s South Region.

The man was not breathing when brought to shore by a personal watercraft around 3 p.m. Attempts to revive the man were not successful.

  • A 16-year-old girl suffered a serious hand injury while climbing off a boat about 1:20 p.m.. She was taken to Mariners Hospital. One of her fingers might have been severed.
  • Ambulance crews and deputies went to Veterans Park at the south end of the Seven Mile Bridge around 8:50 a.m. to a report of an adult male diver having breathing difficulties. No additional information was available.
  • Nicolas Moreira, 78, was charged with with two misdemeanor counts after deputies were told that a bullynet boat was making repeated trips from shore. Deputies saw Moreira place lobster in an underwater trap near shore.
  • They found 33 live lobsters in the trap that were released.

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