Diver dies while exploring Key Largo wreck site



A 56-year-old Ohio man has died while diving the Benwood wreck site offshore from Key Largo.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says Ronald Dye of Grove City, Ohio, and his dive buddy entered the water at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday from the commercial dive vessel Tropical Adventures. The captain told police the dive buddy surfaced about 25 minutes later and signaled for assistance.

A mate on board entered the water with a rescue buoy and helped both men back aboard the boat. Dye was unresponsive and the mate began cardiopulmonary resuscitation as the vessel started back to shore.

Dye's dive buddy told police that Dye ran low on air, so they surfaced. Dye was taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.

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