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ISLAMORADA (CBSMiami/AP) – A 54-year-old Florida woman, while diving with a group in the waters off the Keys, struggled and later died shortly after removing her scuba gear.

Joy Meyers, from Merrit Island, was with a group of divers and a guide aboard a boat owned by Keys Dives of Islamorada Thursday when she complained of having trouble, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies.

The group of divers were exploring Patch reef at a depth of about 23-feet.

The guide took her to the surface, around 2 p.m., and she returned to the boat.

Meyer, according to authorities, said she was “feeling tired.”

A short time after removing her gear, a crew member noticed Meyer’s chin was on her chest. Meyer wasn’t breathing when the crew member checked.

The rest of the divers were called back to the boat and the crew started CPR.

The boat returned to the dock at Bud and Mary’s Marina.

Paramedics took Meyer to Mariner’s Hospital, where she was declared dead.

An autopsy will be conducted.

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