Search teams recovered the bodies of two divers who went missing on the north shore of Oahu on Sunday, the Honolulu Fire Department reported.
The divers, aged 28 and 32, were discovered on Sunday morning at Velzyland Beach, first responders said. Oahu is part of the Hawaiian island chain and home to the state capital, Honolulu.
Honolulu firefighters said they received a 911 call at 3:40 a.m. Sunday reporting two free divers who had not been seen in several hours off Velzyland Beach near Sunset Beach.
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Authorities said firefighters reported seeing a submerged dive light about 150 feet from shore, so they dived underwater and found an unresponsive diver strapped to the dive light. Crews brought him ashore just after 4:40 a.m., where he was pronounced dead, firefighters said.
Crews found the second diver unconscious at 6:50 a.m. Sunday and brought him ashore. He was also pronounced dead at the scene, the outlet said.
On Monday, officials said the incident was being investigated by the Honolulu Police Department.
An autopsy will determine the cause and manner of death of the two divers.
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“Returned to God”
Authorities did not release the names of the victims, but on a fundraising page created by relatives, the family identified them as Jun Tudela and Rubert (last name not provided).
“They were angels who came back to God on a sea of joy,” Candriel Abadam wrote on the fundraising page. “Both of them were the most carefree guys. They always cracked jokes together and even had their ‘bromance’ moments every chance they got! They were in the happiest time of their lives when they went fishing together. We know they’re both smiling, chewing pugua and lighting one up as we talk.
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