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Killer Shark Drags LaJolla Skin Diver To His Death LA JOLLA. Calif. (UPI)—A 20- foot long killer shark dragged an experienced skin diver under wa-| ter and killed him Sunday off a crowded beach. The victim's wife and best friend witnessed the swift attack on Robert L. Pamperin, 33, ofj nearby Pacific Beach. Pamperin, the father of two children and an aircraft engineer, was diving off the beach at the popular La Jolla Cove at the time. The cove was crowded with sun bathers and swimmers. We were diving off the cove," said the friend, Gerald Lehrer, 30, I guess we.' were about 120 feet] out when Bob yelled, 'help me.' I swam over. I adjusted my mask so I could see under water And I saw an enormous shark holding Bob in the mid-section. Lehrer continued: "There was- blood all over." Pamerpin's wife, Carolyn wit nessed the tragedy from shore. During the search for his body, she collapsed and was placed under under sedation. The "Wly has not yet been found. "The shark was easily more than 20 feet long," he said. "I wasn't able to do anything anymore. anymore. So I swam to shore to warn the other swimmers," he said It was the second'such incident off California beaches in recent weeks. The earlier attack, by a huge, gray shark in San Francis co Bay, resulted in death for a college youth. LL John K. Kowal of the San Diego City lifeguards said a helicopter helicopter crew spotted two sharks cruising near the scene of the attack attack but no sign of the body. First Such Incident A veteran of 30 years lifeguard! duty, Capt. Charles Hardy, said it .was the first such incident in San Diego area waters in his career. Marine authorities said sharks of the kind that would attack a man apparently have been moving into California coastal waters in increasing numbers. They explained explained this must be due to warming warming trends in ocean areas since warmer water attracts more fish; and more sharks. Among the witnesses on the beach were three boys. They told lifeguards there ujas thrashing in the water, a scream and then' an arm flew up out of the water. Then the swimmer was pulled under, they said Pamperin was the father of Bryan, 9, and Shelley, 6. Lehrerj said Pamperin was an experi- enced skin diver and had been lifeguard. *

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  1. Redlands Daily Facts,
  2. 15 Jun 1959, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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