Diver on snorkeling trip dies after getting separated from tour boat

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A diver on a snorkeling trip died after she became separated from her tour boat off the coast of Fort Lauderdale Saturday, authorities said.

Just before noon, the crew of the tour boat did a head count after people got back onboard after a dive and realized the 21-year-old woman was missing. The boat sent out a distress call as the crew conducted its own search about a half a mile off the coast near Beach Place.

The woman was found unresponsive in the water nearby by a tow boat a few minutes later. The woman was then transferred to a Coast Guard vessel, where crew members performed CPR.

Once on shore, paramedics rushed the woman to Broward Health Medical Center, where she died.

The woman was diving with a company called Sea Experience Inc. The company operates glass-bottomed boats and charters snorkeling and scuba-diving excursions in Fort Lauderdale, according to its website.

The company declined to comment.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is investigating the incident.

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