- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - A 72-year-old North Dakota man who battled the state medical board in the mid-2000s died while snorkeling off the Florida Keys.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says George Hsu (shuh) called for help while snorkeling near Looe Key Reef on Sunday afternoon. His wife and others on the boat saw he was in distress and pulled him aboard.

They began performing CPR and a nearby Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boat escorted them to a marina where emergency workers were waiting. Hsu was declared dead at a hospital.

Hsu was from Elgin. He made headlines in the mid-2000s when the state medical board revoked his license due to inappropriate care. Many Elgin residents came to his defense, but the North Dakota Supreme Court in 2007 upheld the board’s decision.

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