Officials conducting preliminary investigation
of diving death near Annette Island
January 13, 2011
United States Coast Guard investigators from Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan are working with the Annette Island Department of Fish and Game and the Metlakatla Police Department in the investigation of a commercial diving death that occurred on the 68-foot fishing tender Island Dancer near Annette Island Wednesday.
Metlakatla Police Department reported the incident to the Coast Guard at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and two Ketchikan-based investigators flew to Metlakatla to begin the investigation.
The crew of the commercial vessel Island Dancer reportedly told investigators the diver surfaced and took off his mask and immediately sank about 1 p.m. The crew reportedly pulled the diver out of the water using the air hose and immediately provided first aid.
The Island Dancer crew was reportedly fishing for sea cucumbers in Chester Bay near Metlakatla at the time of the incident.
The name of the diver was not released.
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United States Coast Guard
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