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Medical Examiner: Underwater Filmmaker Drowned Off Keys


Rob Stewart, the underwater filmmaker who was shooting a documentary off the Florida Keys in January, drowned, according to the autopsy report from the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office.

The report was obtained by The Reporter, a weekly newspaper in the Upper Keys.

Stewart was in the Keys making a film for his"Sharkwater" series. He and a dive partner were in very deep water, 220 feet.

Both surfaced at the same time. The dive partner got on the boat and immediately needed medical attention. Stewart slipped back underneath the surface.

The medical examiner's report found that Stewart likely suffered from hypoxia, or severe lack of oxygen, according to the Reporter.

His body was recovered three days later from the sea floor below the spot where he was last seen.

Nancy Klingener was WLRN's Florida Keys reporter until July 2022.
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