The U.S. Coast Guard public information office in St. Petersburg on May 19 reported the death of a 52-year-old male scuba diver who had been diving about 12 miles west of Anna Maria Island.
Coast Guard officials in Cortez were notified around 6 p.m. that day that a diver from a 23-foot Carolina Skiff anchored 12 miles west of the Island had surfaced and became distressed and unresponsive, according to a the caller, a friend on the boat.
A USCG motor launch was dispatched from Cortez to the location of the boat, where the man and the friend had been diving. Upon arrival, Coast Guard crewmembers began CPR efforts and took the unresponsive diver and the other diver to the Coquina Beach boat ramp.
They were met at the ramp by EMS technicians who joined the CPR effort, but without success.
The man’s name was not released pending notification of next-of-kin.