Woman Dies When Dive Boat Capsizes Off Florida Coast

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (November 23, 2012)—Nina Poppelsdorf, a New Mexico woman who was visiting her nephew in South Florida, died after a large wave hit a dive boat, causing it to capsize after a Thanksgiving Day dive trip.

Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella said Poppelsdorf died at a hospital shortly after the catamaran Coral Princess capsized Thursday afternoon.

Three others were treated and released.

A medical examiner will determine what killed Poppelsdorf.

There were 23 people aboard the 45-foot boat as it returned from a dive trip Thursday.

Nearby boaters jumped into the water to pull people to safety, officials said.

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue workers used personal watercraft to get to the site.

The U.S. Coast Guard and other state and local agencies assisted in the rescue.

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