Man dies in Florida Keys scuba diving incident, sheriff says

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A man died after scuba diving off the Upper Florida Keys on Sunday, April 3, 2022, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

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A man died Sunday while scuba diving in the Florida Keys, local law enforcement said.

The man, whom the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office declined to name until his next of kin were notified, was with a charter dive boat around 10:15 a.m., swimming on Crocker Reef off Plantation Key in the Upper Keys, according to the sheriff’s office.

After diving into about 20 feet of water, he came to the surface, noting that he was not feeling well before finally passing out, sheriff’s office spokesman Adam Linhardt said.

The crew aboard Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures boat began CPR, Linhardt said, adding that a U.S. Coast Guard crew picked up the man and took him ashore – continuing CPR along the way. .

Doctors took him to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, where he was pronounced dead at 11:08 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

“The investigation is ongoing. Foul play should not be a factor in the incident. Autopsy results are pending,” Linhardt said.

This story was originally published April 4, 2022 7:18 p.m.

David Goodhue covers the Florida Keys and South Florida for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald. Prior to joining the Herald, he covered Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy in Washington, DC. He graduated from the University of Delaware.

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