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Death toll rises at quarry site
Underwater teams at Dorothea slate quarry
Underwater teams searched the 300ft deep quarry
The body of a diver who failed to surface at the flooded Dorothea slate quarry in Gwynedd has been found.

Jason Steven Dean, 31, from Wallasey, Wirral is the 21st diver to be killed at the pool in the past decade.

Mr Dean went missing during a dive with four other people about 1130 GMT on Saturday.

Police divers using a remote underwater vehicle eventually found his body late on Sunday afternoon.

The quarry lake - up to 300ft deep in places with a network of flooded tunnels and sheer drops - is a favourite training location for amateur divers from across the UK despite being notoriously dangerous.

One diver, Rob Higgie, said the pool will always be popular: "It is the best inland dive site in the country and possibly Europe.

"It is obviously very deep for the technical divers, it is an excellent training ground, and an interesting place to dive."

More than 20 divers have drowned in the pool in the Nantlle Valley in the last 10 years - six in the past year.

Gwynedd councillor OP Hughes said that the safety of the site needs to be improved.

"I am very sad that we have to hear stories like this once again from Dorothea," he said.

"And we ask ourselves how many times will we hear these stories before something is done."

An inquest into Mr Dean's death will be held at a later date and a post mortem examination will be held at Ysbyty Gwynedd on Monday.

A second man in the diving party received hospital treatment but is expected to make a full recovery.

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