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RODRIGUEZ, Marla (1953-2012) died while diving at Anacapa Island off the vessel Spectre. She suffered a heart attack.

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September 29, 2012 [VCS]: “A 59-year-old woman died Friday while diving off Anacapa Island, authorities said. A helicopter from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office responded to a call from the U.S. Coast Guard shortly before 11 a.m., said Capt. Bill Flannigan. When the sheriff's helicopter arrived, rescuers were administering CPR to the woman, he said. The helicopter lowered a paramedic to the boat, where the woman was pronounced dead. Her body was taken back to the Channel Islands Harbor by the Coast Guard.”

September 30, 2012 [VCS]: “A 59-year-old woman who died after diving off Anacapa Island was identified Saturday as a Hayward resident, officials said. The cause and manner of Marla Rodrigues' death were pending toxicology and electrolyte studies, the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office said. A sheriff's helicopter responded to the scene of the death Friday and rescuers administered CPR, authorities said. Rodrigues was pronounced dead by a paramedic at the scene.”

October 1, 2012 []: “Cause of death is pending for Marla Rodriguez, 59, of Hayward, according to the Ventura County medical examiner. The name of the scuba diver who died Friday near Anacapa Island has been released by the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office. The victim was Marla Rodriguez, 59, of Hayward, Senior Deputy Medical Examiner Armando Chavez said Monday. Rodriguez was with a group from the dive boat Spectre when had she came to the surface unconscious after about 15 minutes of diving, said U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers. The dive boat sent out a mayday call, while a crew member on board the vessel, which is based out of Ventura Harbor, immediately began administering CPR, Eggers said. A Ventura County sheriff’s helicopter arrived on the scene, and lowered a paramedic onboard to continuing administering CPR, Eggers said. However, after nearly an hour of trying — and several attempts to restart Rodriguez’s heart with an electronic defibrillator — she was declared dead, Eggers said. The cause of death for Rodriguez was pending toxicology reports, Chavez said.”