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Scuba Diver Found Dead Off Padaro Beach

Identified as 49-Year-Old Oregon Man


The Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office has identified the scuba diver found dead Saturday in the ocean off Padaro Beach as 49-year-old William Frank Grgurich of Portland, Oregon.

Grgurich was spotted in the water by residents walking along the beach at around 11:45 a.m. who pulled his body to shore. Sheriff’s deputies and personnel with the Summerland Fire Department arrived soon after, but Grgurich was declared dead at the scene.

“The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation by the Coroner’s Office,” said Sheriff’s spokesperson Kelly Hoover, “but it appears at this point that he was diving alone. No further information will be released at this time.”

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