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WOMAN KILLED WHEN DIVE BOAT CAPSIZES

Date:  11/22/12
Time: 12:48 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: Atlantic Ocean, approaching the Hillsboro Inlet, Pompano Beach
Jurisdiction: Pompano Beach
Victim(s): Nina Poppelsdorf, 54, 2/28/58, Sandia Park, New Mexico (DECEASED)
Captain(s): Dennis Winchester, 53, 10/26/59, South Florida Diving Headquarters, 310 S.E. 15th Ave., Pompano Beach
PIO Number: 12-11-24
BSO Case Number: BS12-11-01820

Description of Incident:

A 45-foot commercial dive boat  with 23 people aboard capsized Thursday morning as it approached the Hillsboro Inlet after a dive trip. Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are investiging the incident to determine exactly what circumstances caused the boat to flip, which threw all of the 21 divers and two crew members into the water.
 
The captain of the catamaran, which is named Coral Princess, and other witnesses told investigators that a large wave hit the vessel as it approached the rough water of the the inlet. Several good Samaritans who had been boating nearby jumped into the water to help pull people to safety. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue workers on personal watercraft arrived first and helped with the rescue. Other agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and BSO helped.
 
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported four people to Broward Health North. Nina Poppelsdorf, who was visiting South Florida from New Mexico with her nephew, was pronounced dead at the hospital. The Broward County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of her death. The other three were treated and released. Other people on the boat had minor injuries.
 
The Coral Princess is a Corinthian catamaran owned by South Florida Diving Headquarters in Pompano Beach.
 

INVESTIGATORS: Homicide Dets. Foster, RID; Pompano Beach; PBFR
THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 11/22/12 2130

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