July 10, 2012

Arkansas man dies while snorkeling

Islamorada – A Little Rock, Arkansas man died while snorkeling with his 16 year old son Monday. The two were traveling with a Boy Scout group visiting the Islamorada Boy Scout Sea Base.

The father and son pair went out snorkeling with a group from the Sea Base Monday. The group was on board two sailboats, and stopped at Hens and Chickens reef offshore of Plantation Key to snorkel shortly after 1 p.m. The son noticed his father, 55 year old James Faulkner, was floating, unresponsive, on the surface. He yelled for help and the occupants of a nearby private vessel went to his assistance, pulling Faulkner from the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard was notified and responded. They transported Faulkner to shore, performing CPR en route. Faulkner was taken to Mariner’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

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