3 divers killed over weekend off Northern California coast

Divers each killed in separate accidents

SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Three abalone divers were killed in separate accidents over the weekend in Northern California, where powerful rip currents were reported.

The NorCal newspaper Press Democrat reported a very low tide drew divers to the beaches looking for sea snails.

The body of a 66-year-old retired Pacifica firefighter was found Saturday afternoon off Sonoma County's Shell Beach.

On Sunday morning, several divers helped pull a 36-year-old San Francisco man to shore after he got caught in a rip tide off nearby Salt Point State Park. He couldn't be revived.

Several hours later, a diver was found dead north of Fort Bragg. A Sonoma County sheriff's sergeant said the man was found about 15 feet below the water and might have been snagged in rocks.

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