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Originally published Friday, August 15, 2014 at 6:50 AM

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Seattle man dies while diving off dredge near Nome

A 39-year-old Seattle man has died while diving off a gold dredge outside Nome.


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NOME, Alaska —

A 39-year-old Seattle man has died while diving off a gold dredge outside Nome.

KNOM reports (http://is.gd/WUP9sq) the body of Sean Beals was found late Wednesday evening.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says another crew member on the Argo noticed Beals floating in the water about four miles east of Nome and a quarter-mile offshore.

The tender's crew member pulled Beals on deck, where lifesaving measures were attempted. Responders took him to Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome, where he was declared dead.

Peters says foul play isn't suspected, and the cause of death has not yet been confirmed. The body was flown 525 miles southeast to Anchorage, where the State Medical Examiner was to conduct an autopsy.

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Information from: KNOM-AM, http://www.knom.org



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