MARATHON (CBSMiami) – A woman died Thursday while diving, Monroe County officials said.

The dive took place off of Seven Mile Bridge around 2 p.m. on a private boat.

According to investigators, 36-year-old Melissa Fellows of Miramar was set up to dive for lobster using a hookah apparatus, which is a type of equipment used for diving.

Fellows’ dive buddy told a deputy that the hoses from the rig got wrapped around a piling. As he tried to free it, he said the air shut off and he surfaced.  Fellows did not surface until a short time later when she was reportedly face down in the water and not breathing.

CPR was used on the boat by the people on board.

Fellows’ husband, 32-year-old Wayne Fellows was on board the boat.

Fellows was taken to the Sunset Grill on Knights Key.

An ambulance took her to Fisherman’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of her death.




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