after the two days of Florida's "mini" lobster season, four divers are dead and one is missing. the two-day mini-season runs from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 26 to midnight Thursday, July 27. The regular season is Aug. 6 to March 31.
on Wednesday, the following fatalities occurred:
-- A 58-year-old man drowned while diving for lobster about five miles off the Fort Pierce Inlet on Wednesday. His name and hometown were withheld pending notification of next of kin.
-- A 66-year-old woman from Coconut Grove had just entered the water at Big Pine Island when she reportedly began having some type of cardiac trouble. She was transported to Fishermen's Hospital in Marathon where she was pronounced dead.
-- A 36 year-old man became separated from his buddy off of Plantation Key. He and his buddy were in about 15 feet of water scuba diving for lobster when they got separated. The friend surfaced and looked for the missing diver, but couldn't find him. He radioed for help and the diver was found on the bottom by rescue crews. He had shed all of his equipment, except a weight belt. His tank was recovered empty
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On Thursday, the body of a female diver was found floating in the water on the ocean side of Big Pine Key, and the man believed to be with her appears to be missing. the woman’s body, wearing scuba gear, was found floating by another boater. the man and woman divers rented a boat from a local dive shop and are believed to be husband and wife.
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