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Myrtle Beach man struck by boat while diving in waters off Florida coast

A Myrtle Beach man is recovering in a Florida hospital after he was struck by a boat while diving in the Atlantic Ocean, according to authorities.

James C. Shelley, 46, was injured about 10 a.m. Saturday while diving about a mile off the coast of Boca Inlet in Palm Beach County, Fla., said Gabriella Ferraro, a spokeswoman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Following the incident Shelley was listed in critical but serious condition after he was taken to Delray Medical Center with serious lacerations, Ferraro said.

The incident occurred when a 28-foot boat driven by Jon Berger, 64, of Highland Beach, Fla., struck Shelley as he surfaced, Ferraro said. Shelley was diving off a commercial charter boat, Lady Go Diver.

Shelley and the charter boat had diving flags properly displayed at the site, Ferraro said. Charges are pending against Berger, but they had not been filed against him.

“We ask that people operating boats maintain lookouts,” Ferraro said. “This happens all too often and you need to pay attention when operating a boat.”

More details will be posted as they become available.