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Deep diving

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Technical divers Kendall Raine, left, and John Walker prepare for a deep dive. (Bob Chamberlin / LAT)
Two tanks
Technical diver Johnny Walker carries his two tank setup after he successfully completed a deep dive to recently discovered UB-88 submarine. ()
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In a moment of contemplation, technical diver Kendall Raine pauses before preparing for deep dive to recently discovered UB-88 submarine in the Catalina Channel. (Bob Chamberlin / LAT)
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Boat captain Ray Arntz,top, and support diver Fred Coburn, right, help technical diver Kendall Raine as he prepares to remove his equipment after he sucessfully completed a deep dive to the recently discovered UB-88 submarine in the Catalina Channel. ()
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Technical diver Kendall Raine evens out the air in his dry suit. (Bob Chamberlin / LAT)
Depth charge
John Walker, left, sports 200 pounds of gear as he and fellow tech diver Kendall Raine, right, ready for their second encounter with a German submarine more than 230 feet below the ocean’s surface. The dives, Walker says, are “quite serene. Besides bubbles, there are no sounds of engines, no people yakking in your ear. It is spectacular.” (Bob Chamberlin / LAT)
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Scott Brooks steps into the water to assist Johnny Walker and Kendall Raine. (Bob Chamberlin / LAT)
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Fred Colburn is a support diver for Kendall Raine and John Walker (Kendall Raine / For the Times)
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Technical divers Kendall Raine and John Walker ascend from a dive to recently located UB-88 submarine in the Catalina Channel. They were at the end of 80 minutes of decompression stops, slowly rising to the surface after spending 20 minutes on the bottom photographing the sunken ship. (Bob Chamberlin / lat)
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Technical divers Kendall Raine and John Walker ascend from a dive to recently located UB-88 submarine in the Catalina Channel. (Bob Chamberlin / LAT)
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Diver John Walker with safety diver Fred Colburn during a decompression stops. (Kendall Raine)
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Kendall Raine swims next to the conning tower of the UB-88. (Photo By John Walker)
What lies beneath
Strawberry anemones cover UB-88’s bow bracket, a unique feature seen in historic photos that helped crews identify the boat. (Kendall Raine)
Deep silver
Glaring light from Walker’s video camera illuminates a shimmering school of sardines as the fish swarm the conning tower of UB-88, a World War I workhorse seized by the U.S. after the war and later towed from San Pedro and sunk. (Kendall Raine)
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The World War I German submarine UB-88. ()
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