Diver Found Dead in Bay Was in Navy: Officials

The body of Stephen Wall, 26, was recovered by lifeguards from the waters of Mission Bay on Sept. 10

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    A 26-year-old diver who was found dead in San Diego's Mission Bay earlier this week was an active-duty Navy service member, according to officials at the Navy Medical Center.

    Officials tell NBC 7 the diver was Stephen Wall, an Information Systems Technician, Third Class, who worked in the Medical Center’s micro-repair department.

    Diver Found in Bay Was in Navy: Officials

    [DGO] Diver Found in Bay Was in Navy: Officials
    Navy Medical Center officials have identified a diver who was found dead in Mission Bay as active duty service member Stephen Wall, 26. NBC 7 reports. (Published Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013)

    Wall’s friend, HM3 James Holcomb, spoke exclusively with NBC 7 on Friday and fondly described his late friend as a great guy who loved fishing and the outdoors.

    “He’s very friendly, very personable. He made friends everywhere he went – not just necessarily military members, but civilians as well,” said Holcomb. “He was just the kind of person you wanted to be around.”

    Body of Diver Found in Mission Bay

    [DGO] Body of Diver Found in Mission Bay
    This is scene video of the area where a boater spotted a dive light and helped discover the body of a diver in Mission Bay. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013)

    Wall’s body was discovered by a local boater early Tuesday morning in Mission Bay. His body was then retrieved from the water by San Diego Lifeguards, and his death was confirmed at the scene.

    Officials say it appears Wall was spearfishing and may have gotten tangled in the line and drowned. The medical examiner’s office has ruled Wall’s death accidental.

    Navy Medical Center officials say they plan on holding a memorial service for the sailor.