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Snorkler hit by water scooter in key

Published May 22, 2006

PORT RICHEY - A woman snorkeling off Durney Key on Sunday afternoon was injured when a water scooter struck her, Port Richey police said.

The 45-year-old woman, who was not identified, was conscious and breathing when an ambulance picked her up from a boat launch on the Pithlachascotee River, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Torrey Duink. She suffered a cut to the head, he said. A helicopter took her to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

Her condition was unavailable.

Port Richey police were continuing to investigate the accident.

Durney Key is a small island near where the Pithlachascotee River meets the Gulf of Mexico. No information about the boat or driver was available.

[Last modified May 22, 2006, 05:51:23]

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