Andrea Doria Wreck Claims Diver’s Life

L.A. man 16th to die exploring sunken ship


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A Los Angeles man died Sunday while diving the wreck of the Andrea Doria, a sunken ocean liner off Nantucket, Massachusetts. Michael LaPrade disappeared suddenly at a depth of about 225 feet while descending an anchor line between his dive boat and the Doria. Thinking he might have surfaced, two other divers ascended, only to find him missing. After notifying the Coast Guard, another dive team recovered LaPrade’s body on the ocean floor at a depth of more than 300 feet. The cause of death has not yet been determined. Sometimes called the “Everest of wreck diving,” the Andrea Doria has been a sought-after objective for divers and salvage crews since it sunk in 1956. The ships deep resting place and corroded wreckage have combined with cold water and strong currents to make the dive unusually dangerous. LaPrade is the 16th diver, and the first since 2008, to lose his life on the wreck.

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