Wjhg.com reports the Coast Guard is investigating the October 23, 2010 death of Tallahassee scuba diver Paula Grimes. According to the Coast Guard, Grimes was scuba diving in the Sherman Tug area with Daly’s Dock and Dives out of Port St. Joe. She was a part of a 15 person dive chartered tour. A member of the dive party reported Grimes was found unresponsive, inverted and had dropped her gear. Coast Guard officials say Grimes was taken to the pier in Mexico Beach where EMS officials tried to resuscitate her, but she passed away. The Sherman Tug area lies approximately 15 miles from shore.
The Florida Keynoter reports Scott Filippini, 46, of Chicago died on October 18, 2010 while diving off Looe Key in the Lower Florida Keys. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office states Filippini was participating in a dive operated by Looe Key Dive Center. The dive was in about 27 feet of water when Filippini surfaced and appeared to be in distress. He was brought aboard the dive boat not breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed. Filippini was brought to Dolphin Marina on Little Torch Key where paramedics took over treatment. He was then transported to Fishermen’s Hospital in Marathon and later pronounced dead.