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Female diver dies on Catalina Island

November 1, 2009 |  1:40 pm

A 55-year-old woman seeking her deep-sea certification died after scuba diving off Catalina Island today, according to the Avalon sheriff’s station.

Sheriff's dispatcher Connie Shepard said the woman was transported from the Avalon dive park, along with her diving instructor, to a hyperbaric chamber.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department sent a helicopter to the scene, but the woman was transported by boat to the Two Harbors facility, which is run by USC, according to Fire Department Inspector Frederic Stowers.

The woman, who was not identified, was reportedly seeking her deep-sea certification when she suddenly rose to the top from more than 65 feet below the surface at the park, which is near the Avalon Casino.

-- Margot Roosevelt