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Latest on Diver Death near Pompano Beach/Hillsboro Inlet

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POMPANO BEACH DIVING DEATH:  The diver whose body was found yesterday near Hillsboro Inlet has been identified.  The victim is Peter Mendez of Davie.

Mendez was boating with three other friends on Wednesday morning when he fell overboard.  The foursome was out on the ocean in the Hillsboro Beach-Pompano Beach area getting ready to take advantage of lobster mini-season, which kicked off yesterday and continues through tonight.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that Mendez was an experienced diver, with 23-years of diving under his belt.  Various conflicting sources say Mendez was between 60 and 70 years of age.

There are an average of two deaths a year relating to the annual two-day lobster mini-season.  So far, Mendez is the only reported death this year.

Below are links to additional reports and video clips from local TV coverage of the search for Mendez’s body:

WSVN: Missing lobster diver found dead off Hillsboro Beach.

WPTV: Lobster diver found dead near Pompano Beach identified.

CBS4: Body Of Man Who Fell From Boat Found Off Hillsboro Inlet.

LOCAL 10: Lobster mini-season divers find man dead.

Sun-Sentinel: Man who died during lobster miniseason was experienced 23-year diver.

We will update this story as more details develop.

This story was prepared by our Pompano Beach news desk with additional  information from various public sources and other websites.

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