Coast Guard responds to diver death off Florida Keys

ISLAMORADA, Fla. — Coast Guard crewmembers from Station Islamorada responded to a diver death near the Benwood wreck dive site, four miles east of Rodriguez Key, Fla., Tuesday afternoon.

Coast Guard search-and-rescue coordinators at Sector Key West, Fla., received the initial report at 2:30 p.m. from the Coral Princess I. They reported locating an unconscious diver from the dive vessel Amoray near the Benwood wreck dive site.

Coral Princess I crewmembers brought the unconscious diver aboard, and off-duty Army and Navy medical personnel aboard the Coral Princess I began administering CPR.

Upon receipt of the report, Coast Guard immediately responded by launching a Station Islamorada smallboat crew with local EMS members aboard.

The off-duty Army and Navy medical personnel performed CPR for approximately 20 minutes with no signs of life.

The Coast Guard smallboat crew escorted both the Coral Princess I and the Amoray to the Port Largo Marina where Coast Guard marine casualty investigators and deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office were waiting to initiate investigations into the incident.

The diver has been identified as Larry Reeves, a 67-year-old male from Marysville, Tenn.

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