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Tampa man among 2 dead in Florida Keys on first day of lobster mini-season

A 51-year-old Tampa man died after losing consciousness in the water shortly after noon near Bluefish Channel near Key West.
Two people died in the Florida Keys during the first day of lobster mini-season, officials said.
Two people died in the Florida Keys during the first day of lobster mini-season, officials said. [ CARL JUSTE | Miami Herald ]
Published Jul. 28

KEY WEST — Two people died in the Florida Keys during the first day of lobster mini-season, officials said.

The annual two-day event began Wednesday. It allows people to take their legal limit of spiny lobster before the regular season, which runs Aug. 6-March 31.

Both deaths occurred in the Lower Keys, and foul play wasn’t suspected in either case, according to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office news release.

A 51-year-old Tampa man died after losing consciousness in the water shortly after noon near Bluefish Channel near Key West, officials said. Around the same time, a 64-year-old Garland, Texas, man died after collapsing in a boat just north of Mile Marker 3 at approximately 12:30 p.m.

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