Scuba diver dies off coast of Point Loma

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SAN DIEGO — A man who was scuba diving about 10 miles southwest of Point Loma died Sunday after having a medical emergency under the water, the Coast Guard reported.

scuba-diverThe man, who officials said was 50 years old, was diving with a group of 12 others at a ship wreck site known as Hogan when he had a medical emergency and lost consciousness, Coast Guard spokesman Henry Dunphy said. The man was diving from the dive boat Marrisa based out of Mission Bay.

The man was helped to the surface by his diving partner and a call was placed to the Coast Guard just after noon, Dunphy said. A Coast Guard boat that was training about five miles from the dive spot immediately responded to the call.

The man and his dive partner were taken on the Coast Guard boat where Coast Guard officers performed CPR on the unconscious diver, Dunphy said. The man was turned over to medical emergency responders at Ballast Point, inside the Silver Gate, around 12:55 p.m.

A medical examiner on scene pronounced the man dead shortly after arrival, according to Dunphy.

The diving website Waterhorse Charters lists the diving site Hogan as being at a depth of 125 feet. Only certified experienced divers are allowed to dive at such depths.

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