Coast Guard Investigating Death of Commercial Diver

Sea Cucumber (Trachythyone elongata), photography by Jacinta Richardson and Paul Fenwick. Photograph taken in a lagoon near Lady Musgrave Island in the Great Barrier Reef, 28th December 2004. Approximate depth of 6 metres.  Colours have been enhanced using the GIMP to correct for loss of colour underwater.JUNEAU, Alaska – 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. and two Ketchikan-based investigators flew to Metlakatla to begin the investigation.

The crew of the commercial vessel Island Dancer has 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.

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