Three senior citizens die in separate snorkeling accidents in Florida

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FLORIDA KEYS — Three people have died while snorkeling in the Florida Keys, according to the Associated Press.

The three were vacationing with their families in the Keys when they died Monday in separate incidents, according to Monroe County sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin.

• Larry Coltrin, 72, of Schaumburg, died while snorkeling in the Dry Tortugas National Park, Herrin said. An autopsy has been scheduled.

• Julia Thien, 64, of downstate Wood River was snorkeling with family members when she began having trouble, Herrin said. She was brought on board Keys Diver II but couldn’t be revived.

• Richard Gueringer, 71, of San Antonio, Texas, was pulled unconscious from the water while on a snorkeling trip on the Key West Fury. He was pronounced dead at the Lower Keys Medical Center.