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Diver's death in Md. Army pond called accidental

Friday - 12/13/2013, 5:09pm  ET

Associated Press

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- The Army says a civilian scuba diver's death last January at an Aberdeen Proving Ground test pond near Baltimore was an accident apparently linked to a rapid ascent after he started losing air.

The Army Safety Center released its report Friday on the death of 41-year-old George Lazzaro of Nottingham.

Other members of the dive team told investigators they heard someone say, "I'm losing air," as they returned to the surface from a 127-foot dive. Then they saw bubbles, followed by Lazzaro's appearance on the surface.

They say he removed his mask and then sank again.

The report says Lazzaro's body had air bubbles in the lungs, heart, brain and veins. The condition, known as the bends, can happen when a diver holds his breath while surfacing quickly.

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