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10:18 am PDT October 13, 2017

The United States Coast Guard, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and local public safety agencies held a joint press conference Sept. 28 to promote a safe recreational California spiny lobster season.

During last year’s spiny lobster season, there were six dive-related deaths and two injuries in Southern California.

All divers are urged to exercise caution and remember these Top 5 safety tips before diving:

• Have a medical assessment by a doctor.