The two people hoisted from the water by the Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew and the good Samaritan rescued the remaining person 15 nautical miles off Marathon, at approximately 3:30 p.m.
The hoisted people, rescued from the Coast Guard Air Station Miami helicopter aircrew, were transported to awaiting emergency medical services where one of them was pronounced deceased by EMS personnel.
The good Samaritan transported the person they rescued from the water back to shore.
A member of the International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center notified the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders, at approximately 2:35 p.m., of a distress signal about 15 nautical miles south of Marathon from a satellite emergency notification device.
“Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends who lost their loved one,” said Christopher Eddy, Coast Guard District Seven search and rescue mission coordinator. “Despite all of our coordinated efforts, we were not able to bring everyone back home safe to their family.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the cause of the incident.
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