July 24, 2014

New Jersey man dies in apparent dive accident

A New Jersey man died after diving offshore of Key Largo Wednesday morning.

The victim is identified as 45 year old Gary Lanier of Kenvil, New Jersey. He was on a dive trip with his two teenage children, age 15 and 18. They were diving the Spiegel Grove with Blue Water Divers out of Key Largo.

According to witnesses, including his two children, Lanier began having trouble as he surfaced from his dive. One of the dive mates who was diving with the group said Lanier began having trouble while at the surface and she was assisting him. She said she helped get him on board the vessel. At that point he had become unconscious and stopped breathing so she began performing CPR.

The Coast Guard responded to distress calls and brought Lanier in to Marina Avenue in Key Largo. Paramedics transported Lanier to Mariner’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Major Crimes Detective Vince Weiner will be investigating the incident. There will be an autopsy performed to determine the cause of his death.

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