SURPRISE – A Surprise woman died mysteriously on Thursday while diving off an island in the Florida Keys.
Her husband was diving with her and he spoke exclusively with 3TV’s Jared Dillingham about what happened in the moments before his wife drifted away.
Dominic Diodatos showed 3TV photographs of him and Aviva Diodatos diving in the Florida Keys last year. The couple was back on the same boat Thursday but this time something went terribly wrong.
Dom tells 3TV via phone, “She probably got down to 12, 13 feet when she started back up."
Nevertheless, Aviva never made it onto the boat and she let go of the dive line. Diodatos explains, “For whatever reason, she lost the line. She either let go or it got pulled out of her hand from a wake or something.”
As Aviva drifted away the captain brought Dominic and the other divers back to the boat. He explains, “They told me she was adrift and, you know, everybody was back onboard and we went to look for her at which point we did locate her but it was too late."
The Diodatos are long-time Arizona residents who love the water. They had returned to the Florida Keys this week for advanced open water dive training.
Dominic says his wife was in good health. “Last time she signaled me was the ok sign.” He adds, “She loved diving. This was her passion."
The coroner is conducting an autopsy and Dominic should have some answers by Friday.