One diver died while diving with two friends Thursday morning near Manasota Key in Sarasota County, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

It was not immediately clear how the diver died.

Deputies identified the victim as James Little, 61, of Venice.

The other two divers were unhurt.

Authorities responded to the 8500 block of Manasota key Road at about 10:22 a.m. in search of Little.

"Preliminary investigation revealed there was one boat operator and three divers on the vessel," the sheriff's office said. "One of the divers went missing and was soon located by members of the Venice Fire Department in the Gulf of Mexico."

Investigators believe all three divers had experience.

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