On Thursday, July 18th around 1:55PM the San Pedro Police received information of a male person at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II who drown. Upon arriving at the clinic, police regarded the lifeless body of a male Caucasian, identified as 66-year-old Steven Williams Vorhaus from Lafayette Colorado, USA.

He was identified to police by his 68-year-old common-law wife Carol Puchalsk of Lafayette Colorado, USA. Initial investigation revealed that on Thursday around 11:45 AM Vorhaus departed the island on a diving boat along with eight other tourists and divemaster Ernest Raymond Leslie Jr. to dive at the nearby reef. Upon arrival at the location, they all entered the water and began to dive, going to a depth of 80 feet.

Twenty-five minutes later Vorhaus signaled to divemaster Leslie that he was low on air and wanted to surface. Upon reaching the required safety stop on his accent, he signaled to Leslie that he was good. Leslie continued diving with the other guests for about 25 minutes more after which they resurfaced and got into the boat. There Leslie noticed that Vorhaus was not in the boat. He asked the boat captain as to the whereabouts of Vorhaus, but he could not be accounted for. They immediately launched a search with the assistance of other boats in the area and around 1:45 PM Vorhaus was found motionless at the bottom of the sea. His body was retrieved and transported to Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II where Dr. Ruben Aneiros pronounced his death around 2PM.

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