Coast Guard: Friday's Fatality in Jupiter Inlet a Case of Dangerous Waters, Not Dangerous Inlet

The inlet where rough seas tossed Tom Henry from his charter fishing boat.
The inlet where rough seas tossed Tom Henry from his charter fishing boat.

Following the death Friday of charter fisherman Tom Henry, questions have been raised about whether the Jupiter Inlet presents a particularly hazardous location for boating in South Florida.


But an official with the U.S. Coast Guard says there's nothing special about Jupiter Inlet. "As far as being dangerous, all our inlets are dangerous at times," says Boatswain's Mate II Freeman, of the station in Lake Worth. "That day, there were swells of four to six feet, I believe... and that's going to make things a little sketchy."

Henry's fellow charter fishermen say that he navigated that same inlet "thousands" of times without incident, and at least one speculated that some other medical issue may have caused Henry to fall from the boat.


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