POLICE yesterday afternoon were investigating the drowning of a scuba diver on the East Coast.
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St Helens Marine Police were contacted about 1pm yesterday to assist a diver who was reported to be experiencing difficulties at Skeleton Bay.

The diver, a 56-year-old man from Devonport, was diving with his partner when the incident occurred.

When police arrived at the scene, a member of the public had already removed the man from the water, placing him on a rock shelf where, with assistance from another member of the public, CPR was administered for about 20 minutes before police arrived.

On arrival, police swam out to the rock shelf to offer further assistance to the man.

When paramedics reached him, they continued live saving techniques for some time before declaring the man deceased at the scene.

There were numerous witnesses to the event and police are urging anyone with any information to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

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