Man Dies During Snorkeling Trip in Keys

Deputies in the Florida Keys are investigating the snorkeling death of a 67-year-old man from Louisiana in the area of Dry Tortugas National Park.

Paul Wimberly was snorkeling Saturday off the vessel Playmate when he apparently panicked underwater, his dive partner told officials. She said Wimberly grabbed her and pulled her to the bottom with him.

Becky Herrin, the spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, said the woman was able to shed her dive equipment, rise to the surface and yell for help. Both were part of the group snorkeling with Sea-Clusive Charters.

A rescue diver brought up Wimberly and a doctor and assistant on board did CPR, but could not revive him.

An autopsy will be performed.

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