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Maryland man dies diving in Florida Keys

A 50-year-old Potomac, Maryland, man died while scuba diving off the Upper Florida Keys Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.
A 50-year-old Potomac, Maryland, man died while scuba diving off the Upper Florida Keys Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Miami Herald

A man from Potomac, Maryland, died while scuba diving in the Florida Keys on Tuesday afternoon.

Kamran Youssefieh, 50, was found floating face down in the water near Little Conch Reef, a popular shallow dive site about five miles offshore from Plantation Key in the Upper Keys, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The crew of the Conch Republic Divers boat, which Youssefieh chartered, brought him on board and immediately began CPR, Adam Linhardt, sheriff’s office spokesman, said.

Charles Boone, 45, of Quitman, Arkansas, died at 9:19 p.m. July 16, 2019 in Mercy Hospital in Coconut Grove, said Adam Linhardt, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

A Coast Guard crew arrived and took over CPR as the boat made its way to Tavernier Creek Marina. Once there, medics with Islamorada Fire Rescue tried unsuccessfully to revive him.

Youssefieh was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m., Linhardt said.

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David Goodhue covers the Florida Keys and South Florida for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald. Before joining the Herald, he covered Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
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