Three diving deaths in Keys in four days

Posted: 06/09/2012 in all marine news

The Miami Herald – 

A Tennessee woman died Sunday while scuba diving off Tavernier while a Venice, Fla., man died Saturday while snorkeling off Key Largo, says the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The two deaths made it three in four days on Keys waters, and apparently the fifth and six dive or snorkel deaths in Monroe County since the first year of the year.

Deputy Becky Herrin says that on Sunday, Anne Morey, 64, from Monterey, Tenn., was diving in a rock quarry in Tavernier with her 65-year-old husband, Robert.

Herrin says he told Deputy Matt Koval they got into the water together but he discovered he didn’t have enough weight. His wife told him she would go ahead and dive to the bottom and wait for him there, Herrin said.

Robert Morey got more weight, then got into the water to join her about 20 minutes later. He found her about 40 feet down, not breathing.

He inflated her buoyancy compensator and managed to get her to the surface, but couldn’t get her ashore.

He called the Sheriff’s Office and, when deputies and paramedics arrived, she was taken Mariners Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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