California man dies while diving off Florida shore

WFLA Web Staff

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — A man visiting from California has drowned while diving off the Florida coast.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says that 56-year-old Dimitry Altschuller was on his second dive during an excursion off Key Largo, Florida on Friday when he apparently ran out of air.

Altschuller’s dive partner shared his air and they managed to reach the water’s surface.

But authorities say Atschuller appeared to panic, became unconscious and stopped breathing.

A state wildlife vessel arrived and took Atschuller to shore.

The sheriff’s office said in a statement that he was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Here is the full statement detailing the incident:

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