Florida Lobster Season Officially Starts: Two Men Die While Diving, Another Injured By Boat Propeller
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Two men died while diving, while a boat propeller seriously injured another on the first day of lobster miniseason, officials said.

Ricardo Maikel Rodriguez Leyva, 41, had to be airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and is in serious condition.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, he sustained severe injuries after a boat propeller sliced through his leg.

In a separate incident, at around 7 a.m., 35-year-old Emilio Gonzalo Perez was getting ready to dive for lobsters when he lost consciousness.

A good samaritan performed CPR on Perez while waiting for first responders to arrive. He was taken to nearby Lower Keys Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

In Broward County, at around 9:30 a.m., a 39-year-old man went into cardiac arrest off the coast of Pompano Beach.

He was rushed to Broward Health North in critical condition but later died.

Thankfully, the sheriff’s office said that there had been no other significant incidents of accidents since 5 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the lobster miniseason officially began on Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. and will end on Friday at 12:01 a.m., lasting only two days.

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