KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — A man visiting from California has drowned while diving off the Florida coast.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says that 56-year-old Dimitry Altschuller was on his second dive during an excursion off Key Largo, Florida on Friday when he apparently ran out of air.READ MORE: Fans React To Closure Of Orangevale Music Venue The Boardwalk
Altschuller’s dive partner shared his air and they managed to reach the water’s surface.READ MORE: Controversial New Report Says No Amount Of Alcohol Is Good For The Heart
But authorities say Atschuller appeared to panic, became unconscious and stopped breathing.
A state wildlife vessel arrived and took Atschuller to shore.MORE NEWS: Study: States With Weaker Gun Laws Have Higher Rates Of Firearm Related Homicides, Suicides
The sheriff’s office said in a statement that he was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.