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Scuba diver dies Saturday night while exploring waters off Dingwall

A 41-year-old man from Mississauga, Ont., went scuba diving alone Saturday night in ocean waters near Dingwall in northern Cape Breton, but he never returned from his under water adventure.

The Mounties say the body of John Craig Lowe was recovered shortly before midnight. He was found dead about 900 feet from shore, 40 feet from his boat, and in water that was about 12-15 feet deep.

Police had been called in by the joint rescue coordination centre at about 10 p.m. to help with the search for a diver that had been reported missing in Dingwall, which is nestled on the shores of Aspy Bay.

"The investigation determined that the diver ... was diving alone in the Aspy Bay area, approximately 15 metres deep (and) about 300 metres from the shore line," an RCMP news release says.

The search started where a diving boat was still anchored, with the cost guard auxiliary, several volunteer fire departments, local fishermen and community members all helping scour the shore line and waters.

The Nova Scotia medical examiner's office is conducting an autopsy, police say.

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