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A Bad Dive Weekend Coast to Coast

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The last weekend in February was a lethal one for scuba divers on either side of the country.

California's Point Lobos State Reserve, four miles south of Carmel, is known for giving divers trouble in winter weather, and it claimed the lives of Volodymyr and Marina Butsky, a Ukranian couple living in San Jose, who were diving there February 23. Their daughter stayed on shore while they went diving around noon, and she alerted lifeguards after they were still out past the arranged return time. Other divers found Marina, 41, face down near the shore at 2:45 p.m. and pulled her back to the beach. A search-and-rescue team launched a boat to reach Volodymyr, 40, at 3 p.m. Both divers were unconscious and declared dead at the hospital. The Monterey County Sheriff's office is conducting autopsies and an investigation....

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