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California diver missing - Laguna Beach

Discussion in 'Accidents & Incidents' started by DandyDon, Feb 14, 2021.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
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    Coast Guard searching for missing 35-year-old diver near Crystal Cove State Park | KTLA
     
  2. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
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    Always unnerving when someone around my age goes missing someplace I go diving. I know at one point the surf was forecasted to be pretty high this weekend; not sure if that prediction was accurate.
     
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  3. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    1,041
    1,350
    There's been some chatter about this in the local Facebook groups. Several people have identified the diver, though I'm not sure if it's kosher for me to repeat his name since I'm still not seeing it in the news. He was reportedly freediving, not on scuba. There's some debate about exactly what conditions were like but it does seem like high surf may have been a factor. They are also reporting that the search and rescue was called off on Sunday.
     
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  4. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Laguna Beach, California
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  5. Johnoly

    Johnoly ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location:
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    Many times a deceased is never recovered in strong currents and rough conditions, so I'm glad that he was recovered. I never met Josh but traded frequent bug hunting stories comparing east and west coast differences with him on the other board. He was a very experienced diver.
     
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  6. napDiver

    napDiver ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: California
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    Luckily his body was recovered. I wish the best for his family.
     
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  7. soldsoul4foos

    soldsoul4foos ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Portland, ME
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    Free diving at night, in surf. Is there something that is hunted in these particular conditions?
     
  8. yle

    yle Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern California
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    1,216
    I'm going to suggest that hunting was unlikely; most of that area is an MPA and most experienced divers respect that.

    Marine Protected Areas | Crystal Cove
     
  9. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
    9,520
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  10. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Laguna Beach, California
    795
    2,403
    He was hunting lobster. Perfectly legal at that location (south end of Park at Abalone Point).
     

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