Miramar woman dies during diving trip in Fla. Keys

Melissa Fellows found face down in water after hookah rig hoses wrapped around piling

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Melissa Fellows died Thursday during a diving trip in the Florida Keys.

MARATHON, Fla. - A 36-year-old Miramar woman died during a diving trip in the Florida Keys.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said Melissa Fellows was diving for lobsters with her husband off the Seven Mile Bridge on Thursday afternoon when the hoses from the hookah rig she was using got wrapped around a piling.

Her dive partner told deputies he tried to unravel the hoses, but his air shut off.  He surfaced, but Fellows did not.

A short time later, Fellows was found face down in the water and not breathing. She was pulled from the water and people on the boat began CPR.

Some paramedics on another boat nearby heard yelling and took over CPR until they got to shore.

Fellows was taken to Fisherman's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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

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