Boater finds brick of likely cocaine, snorts some, dies E-Mail this story Print this story Posted - Friday, July 29, 2011 04:16 PM EDT
A Merritt Island videographer died in a Miami hospital Thursday after he snorted an unknown substance -- possibly cocaine -- from a brick he found floating off the Middle Keys, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says.
Thomas Swindal, 53, and his brother Kenneth were trolling in about 200 feet of water on Wednesday when, Detective Mark Maison said, they found what they believed to be a kilo of cocaine and brought it aboard the boat, tossing it into the bait well.
They kept on fishing and, Kenneth Swindal told detectives, he looked back a short time later and saw his brother open the package and ingest some of its contents.
He said about an hour and a half later, Thomas Swindal began to run around the boat, throw things in the water and even gaffed the engine, which fell off the boat and sank.
He continued acting strangely, running around with knives and pliers, so Kenneth Swindal threw all the sharp objects, as well as the package, off the boat.
Because they had no means of communication -- Thomas Swindal had tossed their cell phone off the boat -- and the boat lost its engine, the brothers climbed to the top of the boat and began signaling for help. A nearby vessel responded and called for help. The state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded and transported the two to shore, where they were met by paramedics.
Thomas Swindal was taken to Fishermen's Hospital and later transferred to South Miami Hospital, where he died Thursday. An autopsy is planned.
The Sheriff's Office says never, ever bring aboard your boat "any object [you] suspect to be contraband." And, the agency says, "it certainly is never safe to ingest any substance if you do not know what the substance is or what the potency of the substance might be."
How does that happen?
Rick James quote
"cocaine is a hell of a drug"
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That's what he said:rolleyse:angel
I've seen a few folk arrive at the ER after a few hits of meth and they had to be confined to the rubber room and restrained with leather straps ... could have been anything white and crystalline ... maybe ammonium nitrate ... bet that'd be a rush
The Sheriff had the right idea ... never bring contraband aboard your boat
Darwin warned Us of this as well.
Throwing Money into the Marine Industry since 1981
Were there any bananas on board?
That delay is strange as well, what takes that long to hit, I'm told if it were coke, he would of been looking for another hit by then.
Not that I'd know about that....
Looks like Darwin was right, and Ron White was wrong...you CAN fix stupid.
The boss is gonna have your ****.....
doing what was described is funny.
I couldn't help but think of that scene in Cheech and **** where the chick snorts the Ajax cleaner.
That would be my guess..It is pure and can kill you..
That right there is pretty **** funny. I bet the brother was just like "**** man!, Get a grip!". Definitely doesnt sound like a coke trip. Possibly could have been heroine.
Another report on the story says the brother told police that his brother removed the engine cowling and tossed it overboard and hit it with the gaff til it sank then he started to jab the gaff into the motor itself and destroyed the engine.
and throwing cell phones overboard LOL
Heroine takes 1.5 hours to kick in? What do you cut heroine with?
I'm not an expert on heroine like you. So, are you saying he was high (duration) and then it "kicked in"...meaning he started trippin'? Is that how it works?
it's like when you get morphine in the hospital
except MUCH more intense
Then why did it take 1.5 hours before he starting doing the crazy stuff?
Ok, then i don't understand. The guy was fine and then started going crazy...1.5 hours later. That seems like a long time.