A Key Largo man is dead after his boat crashed and he was impaled on the branches of mangrove trees.
The incident happened around 4:40 a.m. today near the entrance of Jewfish Creek in the Keys. According to the Florida Keys Keynoter, Steven Douglas Reynolds, 64, was driving his 22-year-old, 17-foot Islander fishing boat from Blackwater Sound into the entrance of the creek when the boat crashed into the mangroves. Dennis Gobin, 62, was a passenger. Both men were ejected from the boat. A man on a nearby sailboat heard the crash and called authorities.
When Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers arrived, they found Reynolds dead, impaled on mangrove branches.
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Gobin, who was in serious condition, was flown to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami-Dade.
It was later determined that the men had left a bar called the Caribbean Club minutes earlier and were headed to Gilbert's Resort. That's a relatively quick boat ride across Blackwater Sound.
Portions of the classic 1948 film Key Largo, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, were filmed at the Caribbean Club, a fact the bar touts prominently on its website. Also, in a section of its website titled "What's it all about?" the bar answers, "Well, booze, for starters." The bar closes nightly at 4 a.m. and has a dock outside for boaters.