Navy divers recover body of missing WA diver

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MANCHESTER, Wash. (AP) -- The Kitsap County sheriff's office says the body of a missing 59-year-old diver has been found off Blake Island, near the area where he disappeared Sunday while spearfishing with friends.

Sheriff's spokesman Scott Wilson said Navy divers found the body of Gerard Hall of Central Kitsap Monday evening in 34 feet of water.

Wilson says the death is being treated as an accident. The spokesman says Hall and his dive partner surfaced after the other diver speared a fish. After he surfaced, Hall yelled that he needed help and the other diver swam over to help him but Hall disappeared under the water.

The Kitsap Sun reports that an autopsy is planned and Hall's equipment will be examined.

Wilson praised the 16 Navy divers who assisted the sheriff's office.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/