A Grove City man is reported to have died yesterday after diving offshore in Florida.
According to reports from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Ronald W. Dye, 56, entered the water with his dive buddy at 9:15 Wednesday, Jan. 23, about six miles off the coast of Key Largo.
The captain of the commercial dive vessel from which they were diving reported seeing the two men surface about 25 minutes later, with the dive buddy signaling for help. A shipmate reportedly assisted both men in getting back into the boat with a rescue buoy.
Once on board, Dye, according to the release, was unresponsive, and CPR was attempted as the boat started back for the dock.
Dye was taken to Mariner’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The dive buddy told the sheriff’s department they had resurfaced because Dye was low on air. When they surfaced, Dye told him something was wrong but he wasn’t sure what is was.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine cause of death.
Dye worked as the laboratory director for the Bureau of Criminal Investigations of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Attorney General Mike DeWine said Dye, who worked for BCI for more than 30 years, was a “great mentor” and a “true professional.
“He was a dear friend,” DeWine said. “Our whole attorney general family is in mourning. We’re just very, very sad.”
On the day of his death, DeWine said, the office was notified that the BCI lab had received the highest level of accreditation a lab could receive — a level Dye had been working hard to achieve.
“That’s a real tribute to him,” DeWine said. “He has been involved in solving tens of thousands of crimes over the years. … He has really done amazing work. He’s really the leader.”
DeWine said when he became attorney general two years ago, the office conducted a nationwide search for someone to be BCI laboratory director before selecting Dye.
“We interviewed a lot of good people,” DeWine said. “Ron was the best.”