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: Bomb Threat Investigation Underway At San Joaquin Delta College
Altschuller’s dive partner shared his air and they managed to reach the water’s surface.READ MORE: Electra Fire: Firefighters Strengthening Control Lines, Some Amador County Evacuation Warnings Downgraded
But authorities say Atschuller appeared to panic, became unconscious and stopped breathing.
A state wildlife vessel arrived and took Atschuller to shore.MORE NEWS: Modesto Girl, 15, Shot In Bed After Gun Goes Off In Garage Nearby; Suspect Arrested
The sheriff’s office said in a statement that he was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.