Man Dies During Certification Dive Near Catalina Island

AVALON (AP) — A 61-year-old man has died while on a certification dive with his instructor near the west end of Santa Catalina Island.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Keelin said Sunday that the man, whose name has not been released, died around 3 p.m. and the cause has yet to be determined.

The diving instructor told authorities the man’s body went limp as the two ascended together.

The Torrance Daily Breeze reports that the instructor performed CPR for 20 minutes before paramedics arrived to put the man in a hyperbaric chamber, but he was pronounced dead nearly two hours later.

The coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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