US group: NY man dies after dive at UK WWII wreck site

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group that searches World War II airplane wrecks for remains of missing Americans confirms that a New York man was exploring an underwater U.S. wreck off Britain when he was stricken and died.

Katy O'Connell, executive director of University of Delaware-based Project Recover, tells The Associated Press on Monday that Bruce Hottum was scuba diving July 21 at an English Channel wreck site linked to American MIAs.

British authorities say the 63-year-old was stricken after surfacing from a dive and later died at a Kent hospital.

Hottum was a dentist from Kingston, New York. The site location wasn't disclosed.

O'Connell says the dive was led by The BentProp Project, a California-based WWII MIA search group. Project Recover and BentProp have a research partnership with University of California San Diego.

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