Thomas Swindal, 53, was fishing offshore of Marathon Wednesday with his brother when they found something in the water, according to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office news release.
And it wasn’t a blow fish.
They determined the package was a kilo of cocaine.
Swindal then decided to sample the find and ingested some of the substance.
What followed next was a sailor’s nightmare, according to the release:
Thomas Swindal began running around the boat, throwing things in the water including a cell phone and a VHF radio. He then reportedly picked up knives, a pair of pliers, a gaff and removed the cowling from the engine, which fell overboard and sank.
For safety’s sake, the brother tossed all sharp objects overboard, including the “cocaine.”
Because there was no longer any means of communication left, and the boat wouldn’t start, the brother climbed up on the top of the boat and began signaling for help.
A nearby vessel responded and called for help.
Swindal was transported to South Miami Hospital where he died on Thursday.
Get the DUHtails at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office website.