Broward County

Boat propeller mangles man’s face; many surgeries ahead

Palm Beach Post

A 33-year-old Lantana-area man will need reconstruction surgeries to his skull, mouth, nose and cheeks after his face was struck by his boat’s propeller last weekend.

A large wave created by a passing boat knocked Daniel Pena overboard and beneath his own boat south of the Ocean Avenue bridge, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. His nephews with whom he was spending the afternoon on the Intracoastal Waterway immediately jumped into the water and struggled to pull Pena back into the boat, FWC said in a report made public Thursday.

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