Florida Governor Rick Scott Hospitalized Following ‘Bizarre’ Hurricane Irma Cleanup Accident Is Fake News

By Erica Abbott

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Reports that Florida Governor Rick Scott was critically injured during a Hurricane Irma cleanup accident are false. Scott, who gave an update on Irma recovery efforts Monday afternoon, was not injured or hospitalized following any type of accident—rumors that he was critically injured stemmed from a well-known purveyor of fake news.

According to Snopes, the fake claim originated on The Last Line of Defense, a website known for publishing fake news and satire. The article claimed that Scott was hospitalized after being struck by a ceramic roof tile while helping a neighbor clean up his property. It purported:

Florida Governor Rick Scott was taken by Lifeflight to Mercy General In Sarasota this morning after taking part in a cleanup effort in his home town that went terribly wrong. Scott’s Chief of Staff, Morton Valdy, told Fox News:

“Governor Scott was struck in the head with a ceramic roof tile this morning while helping a neighbor in his home town clear debris from his driveway. The tile fell from the neighbor’s roof and fwell nearly 30 feet before striking the Governor, knocking him unconscious.

After Lifeflight got to him and stabilized him he was moved to Mercy where his condition has been downgraded to critical. The next few hours in the ICU will be critical. Doctors will drill a small hole in his skull to relieve the pressure or internal bleeding.

A follow-up story claimed that Scott’s wife took him off of life support after he fell into a coma. There is no truth to either story. Scott was neither hospitalized nor taken off of life support because he was not injured in the first place. He gave an update on Irma from the Coast Guard Air Station Miami on Monday, per his Twitter. The image used in the fake report was actually taken in 2014 following a paragliding accident in Australia. Additionally, the Last Line of Defense clearly states in their disclaimer that their articles are completely fictitious:

America’s Last Line of Defense is a satirical publication that may sometimes appear to be telling the truth. We assure you that’s not the case. We present fiction as fact and our sources don’t actually exist. Names that represent actual people and places are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and do not in any way depict reality.

This morning, Scott went on an aerial tour with the U.S. Coast Guard to survey the damage from Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys. He later posted an image from the flight with the caption, “We’ll get through this together.” Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday as a Category 4 storm after devastating the Caribbean.

We’ll get through this together. pic.twitter.com/tPamQ8S1Mw

— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) September 11, 2017

Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:

Social Media Shares Fake Stories about Rick Scott Getting Injured During Hurricane Irma Cleanup Accident

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