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25-Year-Old Girl Dies While Snorkeling in the Florida Keys

Gaone Pule
Jun 16, 2021
01:50 P.M.
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A woman in her twenties from Massachusetts was found unresponsive after her snorkeling activity ended up being fatal, her body was discovered underwater.


A 25-year-old died while snorkeling in the Florida Keys, the Sheriff's department said on Twitter. Officials believe there was no foul play in the death of Katherine Boukharov.

“Katherine Boukharov, 25, of Melrose, Massachusetts died at Fishermen’s Hospital Sunday evening after being pulled from the water at Bahia Honda State Park,” the officials tweeted.

Pictured - A woman underwater wearing goggles and snorkel | Source: Pexels


They revealed witnesses performed CPR until rescue teams arrived on the scene. "Foul play is not believed to be a factor. Autopsy results are pending," they wrote.

The victim was declared dead after being transported to a hospital in Marathon, Florida. Boukharov was spotted by beachgoers faced down and not moving in the water and they brought her to shore.


She was a tourist vacationing in the Florida Keys. According to the director of media relations for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Adam Linhardt, snorkeling deaths are a "common occurrence" on the tropical islands at this time of the year.

Two people have died while snorkeling in the Florida Keys since April. Robert Wayne Chambers was snorkeling with his family in May when he called for help before losing consciousness and passing out.

Pictured - A photo of a man snorkeling underwater looking at fish | Source: Pexels


The 49-year-old from Dandridge, Tennessee, was later pronounced dead at Mariners Hospital. In April, Aleksander Toverovsky died in a similar incident.

He lost consciousness while snorkeling on Molasses Reef during a commercial dive boat charter outing with other people. Toverovsky waved for help from the water and passed out.

Pictured - A man snorkeling and taking a video of a brown tortoise in a body of water | Source: Pexels


The Hallandale Beach man was about 150 feet from the boat when the mate aboard the vessel, Topical Odyssey, dove in to save him.

Toverovsky lost consciousness, and one of the members onboard performed CPR, the Sheriff’s office said. Rescuers were dispatched closer to the sea.

Pictured - A photo of a man swimming underwater in snorkeling gear | Source; Pexels

The Topical Odyssey crew rushed 82-year-old Toverovsky to shore, where the medics were waiting at the Port Largo neighborhood.

The paramedics then took the unresponsive snorkeler to the hospital in Tavernier, where he was pronounced dead, the Sheriff's said.