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Man Released from Hospital After Losing Arm in Snorkeling Incident Involving a Boat

February 14, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - writes that after a horrific snorkeling accident that cost a man his life, the victim is returning home from the hospital and looking forward to getting back into the water.*

The incident occurred when the 25-year-old was snorkeling in Palm Beach near Breakers Resort. The young man and several others were in the water with dive flags marking their location. A boat approached the group without the operator noticing the flag, and the victim was struck by the vessel and its propeller. The injuries included a severed right arm, a broken wrist and severe damage to his legs. 

Speaking to reporters as he left the hospital, the young marine biologist said he is looking forward to working with sea turtles at the Loggerhead Marine Life Center. The victim’s parents flew to stay by their son’s side and help with his recovery now that he will be released from the hospital. He is undergoing physical therapy and learning to walk again. The victim stated that he would be learning to play the guitar and piano, but now with just one hand. 

After two months at the St. Mary’s Medical Center, he is ready to start his recovery from home. He said he misses home-cooked food and beer and was optimistic as he left the hospital with his family. While he says losing his arm is a tragedy, he said he plans to make the best of it. 

The accident, which occurred about two months ago, is still under investigation. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is working to discover how the devastating crash occurred.

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