Diving accident off Madeira Beach leaves one dead, one injured

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. -- Two divers were discovered with serious injuries on Saturday around 3 p.m., about five miles west of Madeira Beach.

57-year-old Roger Olson and his wife were flagged down by two people who had been diving. Distressed 37-year-old Wiliam Gamba told the couple that his wife, 37-year-old Blaise Gamba, was having a serious medical issue and needed help.

The couple called for paramedics and marine deputies to respond to the scene. William also had a medical issue when paramedics arrived and both had to be taken to Palms of Pasadena Hospital for serious medical issues.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the medical issues seem to be related to a diving accident that occurred before the other couple arrived.

Blaise Gamba has since died from her sustained injuries from the accident. Her husband is in stable condition. 

(© 2016 WTSP)


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