Tragic End to Abalone Dive, Three Dead
Eventually, a passing fisherman spotted at least one diver in trouble and radioed for help at 2:42 P.M. Two of the divers were rescued, and two found deceased soon after. Another was seen struggling but then disappeared before he could be rescued. Coast Guard helicopters and searchers combed the nearby waters for the missing man for several hours. The ocean conditions during the rescue were described by Mendocino resident Antone Schlafer as “ridiculously rough.”
Searchers spotted the third and final body about “50′ off shore in shallow water” just before 7:00 p.m. By 8:26 p.m., the body had been recovered and rescuers cleared the scene.
The Press Democrat says the five divers “were among 10 friends who had just arrived in the area and were renting a vacation home at the south end of Caspar Beach.
(Thanks to Mendocinosportsplus who covers Mendocino County on his Facebook site and provided excellent coverage of this event.)
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