COZUMEL, Mexico — A woman from the Lake of the Ozarks died on Wednesday while scuba diving, according to one of her fellow divers.
Elizabeth “Libby” Holland was a proficient diver, says Dan Lind, a friend and fellow Lake of the Ozarks resident who was also diving in Cozumel when Holland was there. “She was one of the best divers you’ve ever seen,” he said. Lind says Holland was in her mid-70s.
Lind owns Sleep Inn and Suites in Camdenton as well as Thomas Construction in Osage Beach. He says he was not diving with Holland, but another diver and friend who was with her informed him of the details.
According to the account, Holland broke a fin strap in the middle of the dive, at around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, and signaled to their leader that she was going to surface. She reportedly surfaced alone, and the friend says she saw Holland reach the surface. Holland then allegedly flagged down a nearby vessel and asked the occupants to radio her group’s boat, to have it come pick her up. When that boat arrived, Holland was reportedly face-down in the water, with her respirator out of her mouth.
An autopsy was scheduled for Friday, according to Lind, but no results have emerged yet. He indicated there was no reason to suspect foul play.
Lind added Holland had been staying at Scuba Club Resort, and was a frequent visitor to the area, often bringing groups to scuba dive.
Lind says he has been working with the U.S. Consulate to transport Holland’s personal belongings back to Missouri.