An Alaskan tourist has died after a diving accident off Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Kimberly Jean Kilgore, 57, was in the Juneau Keys, and with a group of divers with Islamorada Dive Center Friday morning.
Kilgore was diving in around 45ft of water at Runway reef – so named because the large sand channel looks like an airport runway from above, according to the dive center’s website.
MPs say Kilgore ‘would have had a problem in the water and lost consciousness on the surface’.
Crew aboard the commercial dive boat performed CPR, as did paramedics, as Kilgore was taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier. But she died in hospital around 10:45 a.m. Friday, Monroe County officials said.
Monroe deputies do not suspect foul play. Autopsy reports are pending.
Recent Diving Fatalities in the Keys
In October 2021, Rainer G. Blomberg, a 73-year-old Palm Harbor man, died while diving in about 15 feet of ocean-side water off Bahia Honda Key, according to the county sheriff’s office. of Monroe. The Key is home to the 524-acre Bahia Honda State Park.
In July 2021, 67-year-old Roy Jasper of Lake Charles, Florida died after diving into the wreckage of the Spiegel Grove off Key Largo on a private boat dive excursion.
And last June Barry Beckett, 50, of Tamarac, died after diving into the wreckage of Vandenberg off Key West, Monroe officers reported. Beckett was diving with Southpoint Divers aboard the Phoenix dive boat.
This story was originally published January 15, 2022 11:29 a.m.