Quarry Claims 2nd Scuba Diver in 3 Weeks

Monday, Sep 9, 2013  |  Updated 11:46 AM EDT
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Quarry Claims 2nd Scuba Diver in 3 Weeks

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For the second time in a matter of weeks a scuba diver has died in an area quarry.

Authorities say a Connecticut man died while scuba diving at a former quarry in eastern Pennsylvania over the weekend, the second death at the popular dive spot in as many months.

The (Easton) Express-Times reports the man was reported missing just after 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dutch Springs scuba center and water park.

Colonial Regional police said officers and Bethlehem Township emergency crews responded and found the victim at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek identified the victim as 46-year-old Izydor Poplawski, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Lysek ruled the death an accidental drowning.

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On Aug. 18, a New Jersey man died while diving at the 50-acre former cement quarry in Lower Nazareth Township -- just north of downtown Bethlehem -- which attracts about 30,000 divers a year.

 


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