New York man drowns in Bahamas free diving contest

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Updated: Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:18:16 EST

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Police in the Bahamas are investigating the drowning of a 32-year-old man from New York who was participating in a free diving tournament.

The incident happened around 2 p.m. Sunday off the coast of the Bahamas' Long Island, which is about 164 miles (265 kilometers) southeast of the capital of Nassau.

The man's body was brought to shore, where a local doctor pronounced him dead. His name was not released.

The nine-day International Free Diving Competition brings 56 free divers from 21 countries. They are competing for a $20,000 prize as they try to see who can dive the deepest without fins or scuba gear.

The contest takes place at Dean's Blue Hole, which is considered the world's deepest underwater sinkhole in seawater.

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