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Woman in critical conditions after being rescued by La Jolla Shores lifeguards

An unidentified woman who was found unconscious Sunday morning in the waters off La Jolla Shores was in critical condition Monday morning.

“La Jolla Shores lifeguards Sunday observed a scuba diver on the surface of the water floating face down unconscious about 10:15 a.m.,” said Lifeguard lt. Andy Lerum. “It was a female in her 40s and they, kayakers and others brought her to the beach and began performing CPR.”

Lerum said the woman was transported by paramedics to UCSD Thornton Hospital as medics continued CPR.

Lifeguards unsuccessfully contacted local diving groups in an attempt to identify the woman. Lerum said lifeguards also contacted other divers who had been diving near where the woman was found, and two of them said the woman had been with them when they went out to dive, but on the way out she told them she wasn’t feeling well and had a leaky mask. She reportedly told them that she had decided not to dive and for them to go ahead and that she was returning to shore.

“Sometime between leaving them and going back to the beach, she had some sort of medical situation which ended up in her being unconscious,” said Lerum.

Lerum said the report this morning from the hospital was that she was on a ventilator and showing very little brain activity.