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Scuba diver drowns off Point Loma

September 30, 2009 | 11:03 am

A man scuba diving off Point Loma in San Diego drowned Tuesday after apparently taking off his breathing equipment and sinking.

The 46-year-old from Arizona was diving with a group on a charter boat a mile off the coast at Sunset Cliffs when he disappeared, according to a report on TV station San Diego 6.

City lifeguards who responded and searched the area found him below the surface about an hour after he went missing.

"He took off his buoyancy compensator which had his scuba tank on board and as soon as he did that, likely he submerged, because he was still wearing his dive belt," said city lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum, who responded to the missing diver call.

CPR was performed both while transporting the diver to the lifeguard headquarters on Mission Bay and by city paramedics once on land but all attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

The man's name has not been released.

--Kelly Burgess