Posted by Elizabeth Stewart - email
RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) - In the back of an ambulance is 16-year-old Connor McKee. He's on a stretcher and bleeding after getting shot in the upper chest or neck with a spear.
"I saw the guy unloaded off the boat with about four feet of the spear sticking out from his shoulder or head and his arm full of blood," says one witness.
Investigators say Connor and two friends were fishing near the Lake Worth Inlet late Tuesday afternoon when he was struck with the spear. The teens then flagged down sheriffs deputies patrolling near Peanut Island for help.
Witnesses say Connor was awake and sitting on the gunwale of a boat when deputies escorted him and his friends to the Sailfish Marina to meet waiting Riviera Beach paramedics. Reports say the 16-year-old driving the boat was towing Connor and another teen who were holding ropes as well as their spear guns.
Spearfishing can be a risky sport for a number of reasons including dangerous marine life, the physical strain of diving, and the spear. Deputies are now focusing on what exactly caused the gun to fire with the spear ultimately landing in Connor McKee.
Connor McKee is a rising Junior at Suncoast High School. He is in serious condition at St. Mary's Medical Center. Right now they are calling an accident, but are still investigating.