Coast Guard responds to diver in distress near Key West

KEY WEST, Fla. — Coast Guard crewmembers from Station Key West responded to a diver in distress Friday afternoon at the Vandenberg wreck dive site, five miles south of Key West.

Coast Guard search-and-rescue coordinators at Sector Key West received the initial report at 12:30 p.m. from the motor vessel Spree. The Spree reported that one of their divers was unconscious and unresponsive.

Upon receipt of the report, the Coast Guard immediately responded by diverting a Station Key West smallboat crew which was in the area enforcing a safety zone for the Super Boat World Championship races.

The Coast Guard smallboat crew arrived on scene, brought the unconcious diver aboard, and commenced CPR while heading toward Key West. The diver was brought to Station Key West where local EMS members then took the diver to the Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West.

The diver, a 51 year-old male, was pronounced deceased by medical personnel at Lower Keys Medical Center.

The Coast Guard and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident.

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