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Diver dies after accident at low-visibility underwater welding class, police say

The incident occurred at the CDA Technical Institute, a diving and underground welding school.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A drowning victim at the CDA Technical Institute died after first responders transported him to the hospital Thursday, Sgt. Steve Rudlaff of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office told reporters.

The victim was identified only as a man, 40 to 45 years old. He was a student at CDA participating in a low-visibility diving class. "There was almost no visibility," Rudlaff emphasized. 

This was an advanced course and the individual would have needed to be an experienced diver, Rudlaff said.

There were other students and instructors in the water at the time, officials said, but there is no evidence of foul play. 

The Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department responded to the drowning call at  CDA around 9 a.m. Thursday morning, officials with JFRD said.

The victim was pulled out of the water by rescue divers, who attempted CPR before JFRD arrived. 

At the time, the patient was still alive, JFRD said. 

A medical examiner is currently working to determine the exact cause of death.

This story was updated to reflect new information at 12:26 p.m. Thursday.

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