Example of a Coast Guard vessel, but probably not the one in the story. File photo by John Schreiber.

Authorities Monday were investigating the cause of a woman diver’s death despite desperate efforts to revive her in a Catalina island hyperbaric pressure chamber.

The woman was pulled from the ocean waters off San Pedro by a fellow diver, and she was later pronounced dead at the Catalina facility, coroner’s Lt. Brian Kim said.

The still-unidentified victim died at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The U.S. Coast Guard was notified of the incident about two hours earlier, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said.

The woman was with another diver when she became unresponsive while underwater.

She eventually was pulled out of the water, put aboard a 45-foot Coast Guard boat and taken to the hyperbaric chamber at Santa Catalina Island, Barney said.

There was no information yet of why the victim ran into trouble, nor how far down the two divers were operating.

–City News Service

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