A Wood River woman died Monday while snorkeling southeast of Key Largo on Molasses Reef in the Florida Keys.
According to a Monroe County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department press release, Julia Thien, 64, was on board the vessel Keys Diver II with her husband and other family members. She reportedly began having trouble when she got into the water and became unresponsive. Her relatives got her back to the boat and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures. She was brought to shore, where paramedics took over care.
Thien was pronounced dead at Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, Fla. An autopsy will determine the cause of her death, police said.
Two other people died while snorkeling the same day in the Keys. Richard Gueringer, 72, of San Antonio, Texas, was transported to the hospital after a snorkeling trip on board the Key West Fury; and an unidentified 72-year-old man from Schaumburg, Ill., was snorkeling in the Dry Tortugas when he became unconscious and later died.