Two scuba divers have died while diving off the coast of Monterey County in California, according to a Feb. 23 ABC News report. Emergency crews were sent to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve on Friday afternoon where they found lifeguards performing CPR on one of the divers, said state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant. Lifeguards and firefighters reportedly used a boat to get to second diver floating just offshore.
“At that point, we got in a boat with State Parks lifeguards and located the second victim floating in the water about 50 feet from the rocks,” Capt. Carlos Aguilera of the Carmel Highlands Fire Department told The Monterey County Herald. After performing CPR on the divers, they were both later pronounced dead at a hospital, officials said.
According to the Epoch Times, the divers were identified as a married couple. The husband and wife were at a “very popular diving area at Whalers Cove at Point Lobos State Park near Carmel, which is around 90 miles south of San Francisco,” reported KION-46 television. “It’s well known worldwide,” Aguilera told the station.
“There’s lot of scuba divers that do launch from here.” Augillera cautioned however, about the erratic tide pattern. “Even though this is a very beautiful place to be at, we want to be cautious,” added Aguilera, according to KION-46. “The tides, along with the weather patterns, can change and affect the tide pattern.”
The identification of the divers was not released to the media. But divers on the scene who performed CPR on the couple said their daughter waited for her parents before seeing her mother’s body floating in the water, KION reported.
Firefighters told the station that they frequently respond to calls in the diving area.
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