Man collapses after diving a sunken shipwreck in the Florida Keys

A man was flown to a Miami hospital from the Florida Keys Tuesday afternoon after collapsing on the deck of a boat following a scuba dive off a shipwreck near Islamorada.

The 40-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier and then flown to Mercy Hospital in Coconut Grove shortly after 4 p.m. His condition was not immediately known.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt said the man was diving off the wreck of the Eagle, a 287-foot freighter intentionally sunk as an artificial reef in 110 feet of water in 1985.

He was taken back to shore on a rental boat about 1:45 p.m., Linhardt said.

A month earlier, a 67-year-old New Jersey man died diving the Eagle. Robert Wayne Burns was found unconscious in the water around 9:30 a.m. on June 21, according to the sheriff’s office. He was taken to Mariners, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Foul play was not suspected, according to the sheriff’s office.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

David Goodhue covers the Florida Keys and South Florida for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald. Before joining the Herald, he covered Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.