Diver nearly drowns off Redondo Beach in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Wash. — Police say a man with a dive group in the waters off the Redondo Pier in Des Moines nearly drowned Monday morning.

Authorities said the man was diving with the group when he ran out of air.  Other divers helped him up to the surface, but by the time they reached the top, he was no longer breathing.

The divers and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife boat brought the man to shore and started CPR.  Medics who arrived took over and were able to get a pulse before the victim was transported to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle.

"I've seen a few drownings. There's been a few drownings over the last few years. A girl drove her car off the pier here a couple months ago. It happens from time to time," said witness Dan Devine.

The victim was transported to the hospital. His condition is not known.

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