A La Jolla diver was pronounced dead early Saturday after his body, entangled in a line from a lobster trap off Bird Rock, was retrieved from the water, authorities said.
San Diego City Lifeguard Service reported receiving a 911 call at 8:50 a.m. from a diver, who said his diving "buddy" was last seen at 7:15 a.m. with only 10 to 15 minutes of air left in his tank, according to Lifeguard Sgt. Brant Bass.
San Diego Harbor Patrol, a lifeguard vessel and a San Diego County sheriff's helicopter crew began the search after a lobster fisherman pulled up a trap and discovered the victim's body entangled in the line.
The quarter-inch line connecting the trap to a marker buoy on the surface was wrapped around the diver's neck and chest, Bass said.