Author Topic: Man dies off Mendocino Coast while abalone diving  (Read 825 times)

Offline hamachijohn

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Man dies off Mendocino Coast while abalone diving
« on: June 16, 2010, 10:58:25 PM »
Sad... RIP.  From the article, looks like Mother nature has taken divers of all ages this year- 30's, 40's, and 60's.

An abalone diver who died off the Mendocino Coast on Tuesday has been identified as a Walnut Creek man named Myung Lee, 67.

Lee and a friend were hunting the prized mollusk near Greenwood Beach in Elk around 10 a.m. Tuesday when his companion returned to the surface and found his friend had disappeared, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said.

The friend searched for Lee without success, then summoned help at the Elk Store, authorities said.

Elk Volunteer Fire personnel launched a search and found Lee unconscious and not breathing. They attempted CPR but ultimately pronounced him dead, the sheriff's office said.

Lee is the third person to lose his life hunting abalone off the North Coast since the season opened April 1.

A Daly City man named Raymond Chin Pang Shue, 33, died April 16 while diving with friends near Point Arena after waves pushed him out further than the main group.

On April 29, a Santa Cruz man, Brett Shoji Uchiyama, 43, died while diving near the Reef Terrace portion of Fort Ross State Park.

A short time before Lee died on Tuesday, another man was pulled from rough waters off the Mendocino Coast near Russian Gulch Heights after signaling that he was in distress, authorities said.

Another man was rescued near Mendocino a mere half hour after the season opened, authorities said.


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