February 8, 2017

Man dies while diving

Update: The diver who died this morning after diving the wreck of the Eagle, offshore of the Upper Keys is identified as Eric Schichtel, 62, of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A man from New Mexico died while diving offshore of the Upper Keys, on the wreck of the Eagle.

The man’s name is being withheld until detectives can notify his next of kin.

The man was on a dive trip with Key Dives on the vessel Giant Stride when the incident occurred at 9:45 a.m. He was diving with two others when he surfaced and became unresponsive. He was pulled on board the boat and CPR was performed as they brought him back to Bud and Mary’s Marina in Islamorada.


He was pronounced dead at Mariner’s Hospital. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

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