January 24, 2013

Ohio man dies while diving

Key Largo – An Ohio man died while diving offshore of Key Largo Wednesday.

56 year old Ronald Dye of Grove City, Ohio was diving from the commercial dive vessel Tropical Adventures, operated by Rainbow Reef Dive Center in Key Largo. They were diving on the Benwood Wreck site, about six miles offshore of Key Largo.

Dye and his dive buddy entered the water at 9:15 a.m. The captain of the vessel said he saw then surface about 25 minutes later and the dive buddy signaled for assistance. A mate on the boat went into the water with a rescue buoy and assisted both men back to the boat.

Dye was unresponsive so the mate started cardio pulmonary resuscitation and the vessel started back for the dock. Dye was taken to Mariner’s Hospital by paramedics where he was pronounced dead.

The dive buddy told Deputy Sever Hustad Dye was low on air, so they surfaced. At that point, he said Dye indicated something was wrong, but didn’t tell him what it was.

Detective Deborah Ryan was assigned to investigate the case. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

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