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Lifeguards find missing diver dead at sunken ship site

sd-lifeguardSAN DIEGO – The body of a diver missing Saturday was discovered before dark by a search team underwater at the Yukon dive site about a mile and half off the coast.

“She is deceased and she is on board the Yukon underwater,” San Diego Lifeguard Lt. John Everhart said. ”Recovery will be tomorrow.”

Everhart identified the diver as a woman in her 20s.

San Diego Lifeguards and the Coast Guard had been searching for her with boats, a helicopter and a dive team.

Everhart said the woman’s body was found just before dark about 4:30 p.m.

Lifeguards received a call from a vessel offshore that a diver, who was a student in an advanced class with an instructor, had failed to surface at a designated time and was missing.

The Coast Guard was called in to assist about 2:30 p.m. and they dispatched a helicopter and boats to join in the rescue effort.

The Yukon is a former Canadian Naval vessel that was sunk off Mission Beach to create a popular dive reef.

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7 Comments to “Lifeguards find missing diver dead at sunken ship site”

    dj9165 said:
    December 2, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Where was her dive buddy??…..never, ever, let your buddy out of your sight. Condolences to family.

    Greg gibson said:
    December 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Rest in peace lil sis. I will always miss u baby girl

    Tamika L. Reaves said:
    December 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    R.I.P. Staci

    Sasha said:
    December 2, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Sad my condolences goes out to the family! May she rest in peace

    michelle said:
    December 2, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    im her aunt here in san diego and Staci was an awesome awesome person, yes and where was her dive buddy

    anonymous said:
    December 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    This sounds suspicious still….it should have been someone close by enough for the fact if she didnt surface they can go and get her…in an advanced diving class and nobody could do anything to save her…yeaa right

    Concerned Diver said:
    December 3, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Sounds like her buddy was an incompetent divemaster. He ended up bent because he lost control of his buoyancy. So many mistakes by the instructor and their staff. This did not have to happen.

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