MONROE COUNTY (CBSMiami) — A diver in the water for lobster mini-season was reportedly struck by a boat propeller Thursday in the Florida Keys.

The unidentified man was hurt around 11:00 a.m. and brought to Conch Key.

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Monroe County Fire Rescue paramedics, the Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission all responded.

The man, who suffered non-life threatening injuries to his leg and/or foot, was taken to Mariner’s Hospital in Tavernier.

The man was then airlifted to Jackson South Medical Center in Miami.

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Wednesday, another diver died in the water off Hillsboro Inlet. He was identified 24-hours later as 70-year-old Peter Mendez of Davie.

The recreational lobster mini-season ends Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. It’s followed by the regular commercial and recreational season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2020.



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