A man from Ontario, Canada died Thursday after diving at French Reef offshore of Key Largo.
The dive vessel, called “Visibility” came in to John Pennekamp State Park shortly after 3 p.m. with CPR in progress on the 58 year old victim, James Leek. Paramedics took over at the dock, transporting Leek to Mariner’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The captain of the vessel told Deputy Jean Gonzalez they were diving at French Reef. The dive was about half an hour at 38 feet in depth. Leek was with a dive instructor in the water. The two men surfaced and Leek appeared to be fine. When they reached the boat’s ladder, Leek became unresponsive. He was loaded onto the boat and they began performing CPR immediately, bringing him in to shore.
An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.