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Man Dies During Free Dive In Park

Biscayne National Park

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Blanco Hernandez, 23, was free diving with three companions along the outer reef tract near Fowey Rocks on July 5th when he failed to surface from a dive. His companion, Pedro Fernandez, dove down to where he’d last seen Hernandez and found him lying face down in sand in about 40 feet of water. Fernandez eventually recovered Hernandez’ body and transported it to Miami. Police and the coroner’s office are investigating the death. Hernandez immigrated to the United States from Cuba about six years ago and was an avid spear-fisherman and free diver. Free diving is a sport involving deepwater diving without SCUBA gear.



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