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Coast Guard investigates reported shots fired at divers south of Marquesas Key

U.S. Coast Guard investigators are looking into a report that someone aboard a commercial fishing vessel fired several shots at a recreational boat about 20 nautical miles southwest of Marquesas Key Wednesday morning.

The Coast Guard's Investigative Service is conducting a criminal probe on "the alleged shooting incident," according to an agency press release.

It's not yet known if any arrests were made. Special Agent Paul Shultz, resident agent in charge of Key West for the Coast Guard Investigative Service, could not be reached for comment.

The people aboard the recreational boat, only described in the press release as a 20-foot pleasure craft, were reportedly diving when the incident happened about 9:45 a.m.

Specifics about the alleged shooting are not yet being released since there is a criminal investigation, said Petty Officer Eric Woodall, spokesman for Coast Guard Sector 7 out of Miami.

Coast Guard Station Key West was called and sent the cutter William Trump to the area, as well as an HC-144 Ocean Sentry plane from Air Station Miami.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection also launched a boat crew. Crew members from the Trump boarded the commercial fishing vessel, which is described only as being 45 feet long. The Trump then escorted both the recreational boat and the fishing vessel to Key West.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is also investigating the incident for possible fisheries violations. 

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