Man Dies After Complaining of Chest Discomfort at Beginning of Dive in Alamitos Bay

A man in his late 40s died late last night at the beginning of a dive in Alamitos Bay.

The man had just entered the water off a boat near the jetty to start a scuba dive but had not yet submerged under water when he began complaining of chest discomfort. The passengers on the boat called 911, and a rescue boat called fire dispatch as they were en route at 10:41PM. 

The people on the boat pulled the man up onto the boat and LBFD personnel began CPR on the man, who was in full cardiac arrest, said Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) spokesman Jake Heflin. LBFD personnel then began advanced life support (ALS) and transported the man on a boat to a long dock near Khoury’s Restaurant, where they continued giving him ALS measures but the patient did not respond, Heflin said.

“Based on the fact the patient did not respond to ALS measures, St. Mary’s Medical Center was contacted, and the situation was explained,” Heflin said. “The patient was pronounced dead by the St. Mary’s Medical Center base hospital psysician at 11:09PM over the phone.”

The Long Beach Police Department is investigating the incident further. No other information was available. We will update the story as we learn more.

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