Man Becomes 2nd Diver to Die Off Laguna Beach in Last 7 Weeks

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Beachgoers are seen at Laguna Beach in an undated photo. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Beachgoers are seen at Laguna Beach in an undated photo. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Authorities say a 57-year-old scuba diver died after being found unconscious floating in the water off Southern California’s Laguna Beach.

The Orange County Register reported Wednesday that the coroner identified the man as Joseph Noah of Forestport, New York.

Noah was discovered by three other divers last Saturday in Shaw’s Cove. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The newspaper says the coroner ruled his death as a drowning, but also found evidence of coronary artery disease.

Noah is the second diver to die off Laguna Beach in the last seven weeks.

On Sept. 28, Ryan Huff, of Lakewood, California died while free-diving for lobster at Tortuava Cove. His wife said the experienced freediver likely died from shallow water blackout.

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