Former Rick Scott Aide Killed In Islamorada Boat Crash


A former aide to Florida Gov. Rick Scott was killed in a weekend boat crash in the Keys.

Florida Fish and Wilslife Conservation Commission officials said "Jereima 'Jeri' Bustamante was known by many in the FWC from her time as Governor Rick Scott's press secretary, and this loss is felt by all of those who knew her and our hearts go out to her family and friends during this tragic time."   

Authoities say an 18-foot-4-inch Maverick center-console carrying 33-year-old Bustamante and three others struck mangrove trees while cruising down a narrow channel in Islamorada just after 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

Good Samaritans on another boat picked up the victims.

Bustamante was taken to Whale Harbor Marina, where she was treated by Islamorada Fire Rescue, but she did not survive her injuries.

The operator of the vessel, 38-year-old Eddy Briel and the other two passengers, Geydis Briel, 32, and Anthony Bustamante, 37, all of Miami, were taken to Mariner's Hospital in Tavernier to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


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