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A 55-year-old American was today named as the victim of yesterday's diving accident.

Police confirmed that Paul Latham of New Hampshire was diving off Castle Harbour in St George's just before his death.

Said a spokesman: "[He] was diving with two other individuals in the waters off of Castle Harbour in St George's around 1.30pm [yesterday] when he came into difficulty and began a rapid ascent to the surface.

"Mr Latham was placed aboard a private dive vessel which was met and escorted by a marine police vessel to Ordnance Island. A waiting ambulance transported the victim to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2.42pm by an on-call doctor.

"A Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to Mr Latham's family to assist them at this tragic time. The investigation into this sudden death is ongoing and the Bermuda Police Service extends condolences to the family and friends of Mr Latham."

Two individuals diving with Mr Latham were treated in hospital as a precaution.

An ambulance door is closed after a man, taken off a diving boat moments earlier, had been carried on a stretcher to the vehicle. Another diver from the same boat is seen hurrying to the side of the ambulance at Ordnance Island, St George, yesterday afternoon.
Emergency services attend to a casualty on board a diving boat at Ordnance Island, St George's yesterday afternoon.

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Published January 14, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 13, 2013 at 11:22 pm)

Diving accident victim named

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