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A boat hits a pole in the Florida Keys and throws 7 people into the water, killing one of them

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A Texas man has died in the Florida Keys after the boat he hit a concrete power line pole, Fish and Wildlife Police said.

After the boat, a 22ft Hydra-Sport center console, crashed into the pole on Sunday, the driver, Martin Mohr, 60, of Islamorada, and his six passengers went into the water, according to a report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the agency investigating the accident.

The boat continued to circle, as nearby boaters frantically pulled people floating in the water out of its way.

An unmanned boat spins out of control in the shallow waters of Florida Bay off Indian Key Fill in the Florida Keys Sunday, May 22, 2022. One person was killed after this boat struck a power line pole, throwing the driver and six passengers in the water.

One of the passengers, Jeffrey Jones, 48, died in the water, according to the FWC report. It is not known if he was hit by the boat while in the water or if he died from his injuries in the accident.

The others, including Mohr, were injured. The extent of their injuries was not known as of Tuesday.

Fish and Wildlife spokesman Jason Rafter said the incident was being investigated, but added that alcohol was not a factor.

The crash happened around 4:45 p.m. just yards from Indian Key Fill in Florida Bay at Mile 78.5, where concrete power poles from the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative dot the shallows offshore from the shore.

Nancy Stellway was in a car heading north toward West Palm Beach when she noticed the out-of-control vessel just after crossing the Indian Key Bridge.

“I said, ‘Oh, this boat makes donuts.’ We didn’t see anyone on the boat, and as soon as we noticed this, we pulled over and called 911,” Stellway said.

Stellway said he saw people on four boats spring into action, pulling people from the water. A person from one of the other boats was able to jump onto the unmanned vessel and cut the contact.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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