Alaska SeaLife Center diver dies in training

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2007

ANCHORAGE - A diver with the Alaska SeaLife Center died during a scientific training session in Resurrection Bay.

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Matthew Myers of Anchorage died Tuesday after signaling to his diving partner that his tank had run out of oxygen, Alaska State Troopers said.

Myers, 44, was part of a two-person team diving near Fox Island.

A person identified only as a "master diver" surfaced successfully. But Myers was not able to manipulate his secondary air supply or take off his weight belt as instructed, troopers said.

Both divers began swimming to shore, but then Myers slipped under the water and did not resurface, troopers said.

SeaLife Center divers and searchers located Myers an hour after he went missing.

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