A Tallahassee woman died while diving offshore of Key Largo Friday.
51 year old Carol Strickland was on board the commercial dive vessel Mr. Tropical Adventure from Rainbow Reef Dive Center in Key Largo. The boat was moored at French Reef and she and her friend surfaced from a dive at about 2:40 p.m. and signaled to the boat they were okay. They both began to swim back to the boat, but Strickland began having trouble.
A mate from the boat swam out to meet her. She was reportedly unresponsive. She was pulled onto the boat, which began returning to shore. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation was performed until the boat met paramedics at shore. Paramedics continued treatment en route to Mariner’s Hospital where Strickland was pronounced dead.
Detectives are investigating.