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Diver dies in waters off Port Gamble

October 24, 2015

A 25-year-old commercial diver was working on an underwater environmental study when he failed to surface Monday afternoon.

A 25-year-old commercial diver died off the coast of Port Gamble on Monday evening, according the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ken Dickinson said a 911 call came in around 5:30 p.m. after two of three divers working on what was reported to be an underwater environmental study surfaced but were unable to find their co-worker.

“They went to look for him, but couldn’t find him and called 911,” Dickinson said.

The sheriff’s office responded by boat, as did the Coast Guard, he said. Search-and-rescue divers found the man body around 9 p.m. in 20 feet of water about 60 yards offshore, he said.

No further information about the victim or the company he was working for will be released until next of kin have been notified, Dickinson said.

 
 

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