Sheriff’s Office continues to stay busy on the water


Marine Deputies continue to stay busy on the water this week as they conducted a water rescue and made more wildlife violation cases:


  • Middle Keys Marine Deputy Willie Guerra was dispatched to a water emergency at approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday in which three adults and one 7-year-old juvenile where thrown from a vessel. Deputy Guerra responded in a Sheriff’s Office boat and Lt. Chuck Kellenberger responded on a personal watercraft. The victims were found on the Gulfside off Duck Key.  Deputy Guerra ascertained the victim vessel ran aground. Both found the juvenile and the male 911 caller in short order. Meanwhile, Capt. Derek Paul and Deputy Thomas McDonald were observing from Tom’s Harbor Cut Bridge and directed Deputy Guerra and Lt. Kellenberger to the remaining adults in distress. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is conducting the boat crash investigation.


  • Edward H. Magin, 69, of North Rose, New York, was given a mandatory notice to appear in court citation on Tuesday for possessing four undersized mutton snapper. Deputy Swogger saw Magin fishing from an 18-foot Boston Whaler at approximately 3 p.m. on the Oceanside of Big Pine Key. Deputy Swogger inspected the catch and found the illegal fish.


  • Holden Michael Haynes, 19, of Spotsylvania, Virginia was given a mandatory notice to appear in court citation on Tuesday for possessing a whole stone crab. Deputy Swogger was on patrol between Big Pine Key and Little Torch Key when he stopped a 19-foot Bayliner for having no registration. There was a whole stone crab with one undersized claw in the live well. He was given a warning regarding the registration.


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