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Coast Guard Responds to Unresponsive Diver Near Eagle Shipwreck

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A diver in his mid-40s was swiftly transported to the hospital after being discovered unconscious in the ocean on Wednesday morning near the Eagle shipwreck, a popular site for scuba divers. The Coast Guard initiated a rapid response to the incident, which occurred around 9:20 a.m. in the vicinity of the 287-foot cargo vessel intentionally sunk in 1985 to function as an artificial reef.

According to Eric Rodriguez, a spokesperson for the Coast Guard, the diver was experiencing difficulty breathing when personnel from Station Islamorada arrived at the scene. Coast Guard crews promptly facilitated his transfer to shore, where paramedics from Islamorada Fire Rescue assumed control of his care and transported him to Baptist Health Mariners Hospital in Tavernier. As of reporting time, the individual’s condition remains undisclosed.

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The Eagle wreck, situated approximately six miles off the coast of Lower Matecumbe Key in the Upper Keys, rests in waters approximately 110 feet deep.

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