Tourist from Massachusetts dies diving for lobster in Keys

He was an experienced diver

TAVERNIER, Fla. (AP) -- Officials say a tourist from Massachusetts died while diving for lobster off the upper Florida Keys.

Monroe County Sheriff's detective Mark Coleman says 54-year-old Mark Fountain died Wednesday, during the first day of the two-day sport lobster season.

Fountain, of Montgomery, Mass., was an experienced diver who was on a private boat with his 34-year-old son and the son's girlfriend. They went scuba diving but became separated in the water. The son, whose name was not immediately available, told deputies he got in the boat, picked up his girlfriend and looked for his father. They found him floating, unresponsive in the water.

Deputies say they called for help and the U.S. Coast Guard escorted them to a marina, where paramedics were waiting.

An autopsy will be conducted.

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