Diver dies after being pinned against sea wall

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SAN DIEGO — Friends and family Monday mourned a 54-year-old Chula Vista man who died after he lost consciousness in shallow waters while scuba diving off La Jolla Shores Beach.

Lawrence Edward Yates was found floating face down near the south end of La Jolla Shores Beach about 11:45 a.m. Saturday, according to San Diego lifeguards and the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Yates and another diver were completing a short dive in fairly shallow water when Yates was pinned up against a sea wall by the elements, San Diego lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma said.

“He was unable to extract himself,” Lerma said. ”The other diver attempted to help him, but (Yates) seemed to be unconscious.”

Lifeguards pulled Yates from the water and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived, he said.

Paramedics then rushed Yates to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where he was pronounced dead at 1:45 p.m. Saturday.