Diver Reported Missing Near Santa Catalina Island Found Dead

SAN PEDRO (CNS) – A diver was found dead today after being reported missing near Santa Catalina Island.

“The dive vessel Cee Ray contacted Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders using VHF Channel 16 at 2:10 a.m. (Monday) to report a missing diver,” the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement.

“Watchstanders launched an Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, Air Station San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, Station Los Angeles-Long Beach 29-foot response boat crew, and the Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal,” the statement said.

Authorities later announced that the diver had been found dead and recovered near Catalina Island about 4 p.m. His name and exact manner of death were not immediately released.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family, they remain in our thoughts and prayers during this exceptionally difficult time,” said U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Ryan Manning.

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