Body of Missing Diver Found off Santa Cruz Island

Byline: Associated Press

SANTA BARBARA (AP) — Authorities reported that the body of a missing diver has been found in the waters off Santa Cruz Island.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department said 59-year-old William Arlo Ooms of Solvang was reported missing Feb. 1 from a 22-foot dive boat named Coram Deo. The National Park Service conducted a search, along with officials from Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties. A Coast Guard helicopter also was used.

Several hours later, snorkelers from Coram Deo discovered Ooms’ body on the north side of the island. The body was brought to the Coast Guard station at Channel Islands Harbor, where Oooms was pronounced dead.

A coroner’s investigation was ongoing at press time.

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