Investigators Still Looking into Diver’s Death

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Investigators continue looking for the reason a diver died last week while collecting sea cucumbers near Metlakatla.

The man, whose name has not been released, was working on the 68-foot fishing tender Island Dancer on Jan. 12.

Marshall Newberry is with the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Detachment in Ketchikan.

Another diver was in the water at the same time, but was in a different area. Newberry says the other three people on the Wrangell-based Island Dancer saw what happened.

The crew pulled him out of the water using his air hose, but could not revive him. Newberry says the man was diving in less than 60 feet of water.

The Coast Guard is testing equipment and the body will undergo a medical examination.

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