A scuba diver who lost consciousness in shallow waters off La Jolla Shores Saturday has died, officials confirmed.
According to Lifeguards, the man was making his way back to shore near Spindrift Drive with his diving partner when, for unknown reasons, he ran out of steam in the water just before noon.
San Diego Lifeguards Lt. John Everhart said the diver ended up pinned against some rocks. His diving partner didn’t have the strength to get him out of the water on his own, so he signaled for help from some nearby divers.
Lifeguards were quickly alerted and they brought the victim to shore.
Lt. Everhart says the diver was not breathing and in critical condition when lifeguards pulled him from the water. Medics administered CPR and transported the man to Scripps La Jolla.
On Sunday morning, San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Greg Buchanan confirmed the diver died a short time after his rescue. The victim’s name has not yet been released.
The county medical examiner will identify the diver at a later time and determine the man’s cause of death.