Our abalone report from last year reported on the dangers and risks of abalone diving. Tragedy again struck the sport when three Northern California divers drowned.
Here’s Reuters’ report:
Three men drowned as they dived for abalone off the rocky coast of Northern California’s Mendocino County after becoming trapped by pounding surf in a narrow channel, authorities said on Monday.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said the accident happened after five men entered Caspar Anchorage Bay on Sunday afternoon to dive for red abalone, a large, edible mollusk hunted for sport along the coast north of San Francisco Bay.
Witnesses said rough waves made for poor diving conditions, with swells 7 to 8 feet tall, Sergeant Joseph Comer of the sheriff’s office, said in a statement.
A fisherman alerted rescuers, who arrived by boat and helicopter and pulled two of the victims onto Caspar Beach, police said. Despite life-saving efforts, both were pronounced dead at the scene, Comer said. Four hours later, the body of the third victim was found floating in a nearby cove.
Our thoughts are with the families of the victims.