Man dies while diving east of Elliot Key

Authorities recover missing diver's lifeless body

By Melissa Alvarez, Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

MIAMI - A 20-year-old man died while spear fishing off Elliot Key on Saturday morning, authorities said. 

He was with a group of divers at the Biscayne National Park when he went missing. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's marine units were involved in the search. 

A "shallow water black out" might have caused him to drown, according to Florida Fish & Wildlife officials.

This happens when a diver is in shallow water and holds his breath until blacking out. The medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of death.  

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