Florida Keys tour boat company thanks first responders

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Hurricane Irma first responders are shown aboard the Fury catamaran in one of dozens of free cruises the company offered.

Hurricane Irma first responders are shown aboard the Fury catamaran in one of dozens of free cruises the company offered.

Fury Water Adventures, a member of the Florida Keys community for almost 30 years, took hundreds of first responders on free sunset music cruises to show appreciation for their help during and after Hurricane Irma.

Over the course of 10 days, 430 people took the Commotion on the Ocean Live Music Sunset Cruise in Key West, the company said. Among those were Keys police, fire rescue, powerline technicians, tree trimming service providers, Keys Energy employees, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority workers, and the Armed Forces.

The goal was to allow emergency response workers to take a break from their hard work aboard the Fury catamaran with live music, drinks and appetizers and Key West sunsets away from the debris.

Hundreds of first responders have taken free sunset cruises offered by the longtime Florida Keys company.

Hundreds of first responders have taken free sunset cruises offered by the longtime Florida Keys company.

“I had a great time,” said Lt. Cmdr. Scott Mason, of the U.S. Naval Air Station in Key West, in a statement. “It’s very exciting to do and see things like this, and just know that people support us. I really appreciate the local community. I see this community having a real resiliency — to get back, to bounce back, to start their businesses back up.”

The company also urged tourists to support Key West by visiting.

Fury will also offer veterans and active duty military personnel a free trip of their choice on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, excluding the Jet Ski Tour, which will be offered at a reduced rate of $45.

Watch some snippets from the cruises.

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