November 17, 2011

Punta Gorda man dies while on dive trip

Key West – A Punta Gorda, Florida man died while on a dive trip offshore of Key West Wednesday.

65 year old Ronald Kennedy was on a dive trip on the dive boat “Phoenix” with his 29 year old son, Graham. They had been diving in  about 25 feet of water for about 25  minutes. They had reportedly completed their dive just after 3 p.m. and were hanging on to the tow line, removing their dive gear when Kennedy suddenly slumped over. He had stopped breathing. His son called for assistance from others on the boat.

He was brought on board the boat and CPR was performed as the boat began returning to shore. The Coast Guard was notified and met the vessel, bringing the body into the Coast Guard station in Key West.

Kennedy was transported to Lower Keys Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

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