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Snorkeler dies after being found in water off Dry Tortugas

August 16, 2018

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 49-year-old man has died after being found unresponsive in the water off the Dry Tortugas.

Monroe County Sheriff spokesman Adam Linhardt said in an email that Michael Ray Stephens of Panama City, Florida, was airlifted to the Lower Keys Medical Center on Stock Island on Wednesday.

Linhardt says Stephens had been snorkeling on Wednesday afternoon when a couple found him face down in the water. They brought him to the moat wall where Dry Tortugas National Park officials began performing CPR.

An autopsy is pending.

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