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Posted by JRM on April 02, 2001 at 17:21:11:

In Reply to: Re: Sad, but true... posted by AADIVER on April 02, 2001 at 17:03:27:

This came accross the CENCAL mailing list this morning. It's from this morning's paper:

" A first-time abalone diver died in rough ocean waters near Fort Ross yesterday on the opening day of the abalone season, authorities said.

Albert Wang, 35, of San Jose, was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m. after his body was recovered by Sonoma County sheriff's officials in water just north of Fort Ross, said Eric Thomson, a detective with the Sonoma County coroner's office.

Wang and four friends had decided to dive for abalone in a popular diving spot, but two of the men opted out because of the choppy and cold water conditions, Thomson said. Wang and two others went in, but one of the divers began tiring and returned to shore with help from his friend. The two left Wang alone, and minutes later he disappeared.

Thomson said an autopsy would be performed today to determine a cause of death.

The victim, wearing a short-sleeved wet suit with no hood and no gloves, did not have the proper equipment to handle the rough, cold waters of Northern California, Thomson said. "

The real question is: What kind of idiot takes his buddy out at Ft. Ross in a 3 mil shorty? With friends like these.... I smell a serious criminal negligence claim coming!


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