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Solo scuba diver dies after incident at Shelly Beach in Manly

A scuba diver has died after being pulled from the water on Sydney's northern beaches.

Police and paramedics were called to Shelly Beach in Manly just after 5pm on Thursday to reports that a man was in trouble in the water.

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One diver was in critical condition and another feared drowned at Shelly Beach near Manly late Thursday afternoon. Vision: Seven News.

The 62-year-old was taken to Manly Hospital, where he died on Thursday night. It is believed he was diving alone at the popular dive spot.

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson said paramedics were called about 5.05pm.

Shelly Beach, Manly, where a diver was pulled from the water in a critical condition.
Shelly Beach, Manly, where a diver was pulled from the water in a critical condition. Photo: James Brickwood

"We've got one patient in the water ... in [cardiac] arrest, CPR was performed and they were taken to Manly Hospital in a critical condition."

Initial reports from witnesses led authorities to believe there might have been a second missing diver in the water. Water police and a single helicopter searched the area before heavy rain forced the search to be called off.

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"We did a fairly extensive search and spoke to a number of people and we don't believe there was a second person," a NSW Police spokesperson said.

On Thursday afternoon, Channel Nine reported that two divers had "gone into cardiac arrest after being hit by lightning at Shelly Beach" but this was not confirmed.

Onlookers wait with police at Shelly Beach, where a diver was pulled from the water.
Onlookers wait with police at Shelly Beach, where a diver was pulled from the water. Photo: James Brickwood

Photos of the scene were shared on social media on Thursday afternoon.

Police from the Northern Beaches Local Area Command are preparing a report for the coroner.

A helicopter circles Shelly Beach, Manly, in search of a suspected second diver. It was later confirmed there was only ...
A helicopter circles Shelly Beach, Manly, in search of a suspected second diver. It was later confirmed there was only one diver. Photo: Trina Latham
Ambulances at the scene at Shelly Beach.
Ambulances at the scene at Shelly Beach. Photo: Trina Latham

Shelly Beach forms part of Cabbage Tree Bay and is a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkelling, with a maximum depth of about 12 metres.