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Redlands woman dies after diving incident

November 02, 2009|Margot Roosevelt and Kim Christensen

A 56-year-old woman died Sunday after scuba diving near Avalon, authorities said.

Mona Towle, of Redlands, was taken from the Avalon Dive Park, along with her diving instructor, to a hyperbaric chamber, according to dispatcher Connie Shepard of the Avalon Sheriff's Station.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department sent a helicopter to the scene, but Towle was taken by boat to the Two Harbors hyperbaric facility, which is run by USC, according to Fire Department Inspector Frederic Stowers.

Towle was reportedly seeking her deep-sea diving certification when she suddenly rose to the top from more than 65 feet below the surface at the park, which is near the Avalon Casino.

-- Margot Roosevelt and Kim Christensen

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