Keys visitor from Canada dies during offshore dive

James Leek, 58, pronounced dead after being brought to shore


KEY LARGO, Fla. – A Canadian man visiting the Florida Keys died while diving off the coast of Key Largo.

James Leek, 58, of Ontario, Canada, was diving with an instructor Thursday afternoon in 38 feet of water at French Reef.

The captain of the dive vessel told a Monroe County sheriff's deputy that Leek appeared to be fine after he and the instructor surfaced following a half-hour dive. But when the duo reached the boat's ladder, Leek became unresponsive.

The instructor and the captain both began performing CPR on Leek after loading him onto the boat.

Paramedics met the boat called "Visibility" at the dock and took Leek to Mariner's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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