A Pittsburgh man died while diving offshore of Key Largo, on the wreck of the Duane.
51 year old Andrei Kukushkin was on board a private vessel with friends Monday at 10:30 a.m. They had been diving the wreck for approximately 30 minutes when the group began to ascend. Kukushkin began having trouble as he surfaced and as other divers tried to reach him, he stopped moving, turned on his side and began to drift away.
A diver already on board the boat went after him and was able to bring him back to the boat, where they began performing CPR. The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took over and transported Kukushkin back to shore at Harry Harris Park. They were met by paramedics who transported the victim to Mariner’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.