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2 scuba divers die off Central California coast

CARMEL — Two scuba divers have died while diving off the coast of California's Monterey County, authorities said.

Emergency crews were sent to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve around 2:45 p.m. Friday 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 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.

CPR was also performed on that person, but both divers were pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital, officials said.


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