Thursday, July 02, 2009

Mysterious Current Drags Away Divers at La Jolla Cove

There are some crazy currents being reported out of San Diego this week.

Scuba enthusiasts are urged to take extra precautions in the waters off La Jolla Shores today following a report of a strong underwater current that pulled about a half-dozen divers into deep water and made it difficult for them to surface.

The group of divers reported getting caught in the undertow while roughly 30 feet underwater about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, San Diego lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum said.

They said the phenomenon lasted about 10 minutes and rapidly pulled them 30-50 feet deeper. Several described hanging on to the edge of a deep underwater canyon in the area to keep from being dragged farther down.

The divers eventually surfaced, feeling the grip of the current lessen as they reached the top, Lerum said. There were no injuries.

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Be careful out there, folks.

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