On the morning of April 12, a sailboat struck the 7 Mile Bridge and a Keys Energy Service tieline about a half-mile from the north end. The fault triggered a system-wide power outage for all 30,000 KEYS customers in the Lower Keys and Key West.
“My officer is still investigating, but it seems several boats in Boot Key Harbor broke loose and dragged anchor. It’s possible that’s what happened here,” said Fish and Wildlife Capt. David Dipre.
Officers from the U.S. Coast Guard and Fish and Wildlife Commission were able to launch a rescue mission immediately, requesting that the utility not be...