Potomac Man Drowns While Scuba Diving in Florida Keys

Potomac Man Drowns While Scuba Diving in Florida Keys

Body found in about 25 feet of water

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Photo via Monroe County Sheriff's Office

A Potomac man died while on a scuba diving excursion in the Florida Keys on Tuesday, authorities said.

The body of Kamran Youssefieh was found in water about 25 feet deep, said Adam Linhardt, a spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

Youssefieh, who was with his family, was found face down, without a regulator, which helps a diver use a tank for breathing.

Linhardt said Youssefieh was with a charter group called Conch Republic Divers. They were diving along the reef at Tavernier Creek Marina.

Linhardt said family members and others saw Youssefieh and called for help. People working with the charter company grabbed him and started working on CPR.

The Coast Guard responded and continued CPR, as did an Islamorada Fire Rescue crew, which also responded.

Linhardt said an Islamorada Fire Rescue captain pronounced Youssefieh dead at 3:55 p.m.

No foul play was suspected. Youssefieh’s body was sent for an autopsy.

After his death, Youssefieh’s Facebook page was filled with comments by people who knew him, reacting with shock. Many described him as a positive person who lived life fully.

He and his family had been posting photos and videos of their Key West trip.

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