Virginia woman dies while scuba diving at former N Carolina quarry

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WENDELL, N.C. (WNCN/AP) — Authorities are investigating why a Virginia woman died while scuba diving at a former North Carolina quarry site.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office says 49-year-old Rhonda Dalton of Pulaski, Virginia, and her boyfriend were swimming back to shore when Dalton lost consciousness.

The incident was reported just before 1:30 p.m. at 536 Olds Quarry Road in Wendell, which is the Mystery Lake Scuba Park, said Eric Curry, spokesman for the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies arrived the victim’s boyfriend was performing CPR on the girlfriend on the beach of the lake, Curry said.

EMS took over CPR when they arrived at the scene.

The victims’ boyfriend told deputies that while they were underwater scuba diving, The woman began having breathing issues and swam to the surface, Curry said.

As they were swimming back to the shore, the woman lost consciousness, according to Curry.

The former granite quarry about 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) east of Raleigh has filled with water since operations ceased more than 60 years ago. Its underwater cliffs, overhangs and fish are now explored by divers.

The incident is being investigated as a scuba diving accident, pending an autopsy by the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office.

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