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Diver Charged with Involuntary Homicide for Friendsí Deaths;

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Stephen Martin, a dive instructor from Rustington, England, was diving with eight friends from the British Sub- Aqua Club in Malta last June when Larissa Hooley, his girlfriend of five years, descended from 49 feet to 114 feet without warning. "I thought she dived down because she dropped her flashlight, but she just kept getting lower and lower," Martin, 55, told the Littlehampton Gazette.

Martin's friend, Nigel Haines, and another diver went down to help Hooley, 48, and brought her to the surface. Martin says he pulled Hooley back to shore and tried to resuscitate her but she died on the beach. Haines, 59, was also in trouble after helping to rescue Hooley. "He had a burst lung through going to the surface not breathing," Martin said. "But because he was on the surface, he looked like he was OK."...

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