June 4, 2012

Man dies snorkeling Saturday

A 66 year old man from Venice, Florida died while snorkeling offshore of Key largo Saturday morning.

John Dowicki and his wife, Nancy, were on a commercial vessel out of John Pennekamp State Park. Witnesses say Dowicki went into the water about 10 a.m. with a number of others, about five miles offshore at Grecian Rocks. Members of the vessel’s crew noticed him drifting away from the group. They yelled at him and threw him a drift line , but he was not responsive. The first mate went into the water and got him, but he was not breathing. When he was pulled onto the boat, they began CPR. When they reached shore, deputies and paramedics met the vessel. Dowicki was pronounced dead by paramedics on the scene.

An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

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