3 divers killed over weekend off N. Calif. coast

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Three abalone (ab-ah-LOH'-nee) divers were killed in separate accidents over the weekend in Northern California, where powerful rip currents were reported.

The Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/14GNVVc ) a very low tide drew divers to the beaches looking for sea snails.

The body of a 66-year-old retired Pacifica firefighter was found Saturday afternoon off Sonoma County's Shell Beach.

On Sunday morning, several divers helped pull a 36-year-old San Francisco man to shore after he got caught in a rip tide off nearby Salt Point State Park. He couldn't be revived.

Several hours later, a diver was found dead north of Fort Bragg. A Sonoma County sheriff's sergeant says the man was found about 15 feet below the water and might have been snagged in rocks.


Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com