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Body Of Diver Recovered Off Sandstone Point

Channel Islands National Park

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SCUBA diver Stewart Hindley, 54, of Glen Allen, California, was reported missing by his diving partners around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10th. Hindley was on the third day of a three-day diving trip and was diving off the Adventure Sports dive boat Vision off Sandstone Point on Santa Cruz Island. He was last seen at a depth of 70 feet about 100 yards from the point where the boat was anchored. NPS and Coast Guard personnel and Los Angeles county lifeguards responded and conducted an extensive air, sea and underwater search of the area until dark, but were unable to find him. The search resumed the next morning, with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department joining in. The park and county conducted a joint underwater search operation off the NPS vessel Ocean Ranger. County divers found Hindley’s body on the seabed at a depth of about 80 feet around 10:30 a.m. The sheriff’s office and the medical examiner’s office are the lead agencies in the investigation.



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