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Diver safety promoted for California spiny lobster season

September 28, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the eve of California’s spiny lobster season, the Coast Guard and other agencies are urging divers to take safety precautions to prevent fatalities.

Authorities said Friday that there are four to six diving fatalities each year, and one fatality last year was on opening night.

Divers are urged to get a medical assessment, practice emergency procedures in a controlled environment, follow a diving plan, and choose dives that match training, experience and fitness levels.

The experts also say divers should not let peer pressure or investments in time and money push them to dive in unsafe conditions. Details diving plans should also be left with someone ashore.

Spiny lobster season opens at 6 a.m. Saturday and runs through March 20, 2019.

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