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Man found dead after diving for lobster near Pompano Beach

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida man has lost his life after diving for lobster near Pompano Beach.

Fire rescue officials said 22-year-old Joseph Grosso was on a charter boat diving for lobster when he surfaced unconscious, Wednesday, at around 8:30 a.m.

"He said he had enough air to go down to get one more," said Grosso's stepfather Phil Franchina, "and he went down by himself, and he must've gotten tangled on the dive rope and either he got disoriented, but he ran out of oxygen while he was down there. He ran out of air."

They said he was diving in 40 feet of water off shore. "He grew up on the water. He was an experienced diver," said Franchina. "A message to the other divers, a life can be taken over a lobster."

The diver was then taken to the Hillsboro Inlet by Sea Tow where paramedics were waiting for him. He was rushed to Broward Health North where doctors pronounced him dead. "Two crews members from Scubatyme performed CPR the whole ride back, all the way until we got back here for EMS help," said SeaTow Captain Greg Mallek.

"We've harped on him, and he was as safe as you can be," said Franchina. "He did everything to the protocol of diving, and unfortunately he's gone at 22 years old."

Grosso had just graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with honors and was a member of the football team. He planned to start law school in the Fall at the University of Miami where he expected, according to his family, to play a year of football with the Hurricanes.

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokesperson Sandra King said, "Every year when you have this amount of boaters and this amount of people in the water, it's a huge, huge occasion, and there is only a few days to do it, so we can only urge boaters and divers just to be so careful, and this is quite a tragedy."

King continued, "We can only urge people, don't risk your life to go out there for a lobster."

"We're in a state of shock. To bury a son is uncommon, it's uncharted waters for any parent to have to deal with this. It's unspeakable," said Franchina.

Meanwhile, near Islamorada, four people who were fishing for lobster were rescued when their boat capsized, Wednesday afternoon.

Florida's mini lobster season runs through midnight Thursday.


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