Natchitoches man dies in Dry Tortugas

Bryan Paul Wimberly

Paul Wimberly, 67 of Natchitoches, died while snorkeling in the Dry Tortugas in Florida Saturday, Sept. 3, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Funeral arrangements are pending.

Here’s the full report from the MCSO:

Dive death Dry Tortugas

A Louisiana man died while diving in the Dry Tortugas Saturday.
67 year old Paul Wimberly of Natchitoches, Louisiana was in the Dry Tortugas snorkeling from the commercial vessel Playmate, operated by Sea-Clusive Charters. Wimberly’s dive partner said it appeared Wimberly panicked while underwater. She said he grabbed her and pulled her to the bottom with him. She was able to shed her dive equipment and do an emergency ascension to the surface.

Once on the surface, she yelled for help. She was taken on board the boat and a rescue diver from the vessel then retrieved Wimberly from the water as well. There was a physician and a physician’s assistant on board the vessel. They performed CPR on Wimberly, but were unable to revive him.

The vessel returned to the Key West Harbor Yacht Club at 10:30 p.m. Major Crimes Detective Dawn Agusto was assigned to investigate the case. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

18 thoughts on “Natchitoches man dies in Dry Tortugas

  1. Donna we are so saddened by the news .I have spoken to my family and know all of our prayers are with you and your family. our hearts are broken… your cousin Glenn Johnson MD

  2. Donna I am so sorry to hear about your husband, Mary Ann called me this morning to let me know, he was a kind and thoughtful person. My heart is so full. God Bless . my prayers are with you and the family.

  3. Tommy and I are so sorry to hear of this tragedy. He was such a good person. Our prayers and sympathy goes out to his family.

  4. Oh my goodness. I worked for Bryan back between 1994-1996. I was the GIS coordinator for the City of Natchitoches. I’m just so shocked. He always treated me well. I knew his wife and daughter. Wow you just never know when the good LORD will call you home.

  5. This is very sad…Bill looked forward for the visit they shared the first Tuesday of each month…RIP Mr. Whimberly you will be missed!

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