Delaware diver dies in waters off NJ

May 17, 2009 12:48:52 PM PDT
A Delaware man diving off the coast of New Jersey died shortly after he was found unconscious in the water this weekend. Fellow crew members aboard the Tuna Seizure fishing boat found Gene Wite around 2:15 p.m. Saturday in rough seas about 30 miles east of Barnegat in Ocean County. The 42-year-old Middletown man was about 125 feet below the water, and one crew member notified the Coast Guard while others got Wite on board and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him.

A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City took Wite to their headquarters, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 3 p.m.

It was not known why Wite lost consciousness, and an autopsy was to be performed. The Coast Guard said Wite was on his second dive of the day for the Tuna Seizure.

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