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Oregon man dies in B.C. diving accident


PORT HARDY, B.C. – A 46-year-old Oregon man who was diving with five other Americans has died in an underwater accident.

Andrew James Letourneau, of Colter, Oregon, was identified as the victim of the diving accident.

Police said they were called out to a location 10 kilometres  north-east of Port Hardy shortly before 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

” Despite the rescue efforts of other divers on scene, and the Canadian Coast Guard, a 46 year old man from Oregon State has died.  The cause of his death remains under examination by the BC Coroners Service.  No foul play or suspicious circumstances are evident,” police said.

“The deceased was diving within a group of five divers, all from the United States.  All are reported to be experienced divers.  At the time of this incident, weather and marine conditions were reported as good,” police added.

Letourneau family has been notified of his death.

The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team is being called in to assist the BC Coroners Service, with the recovery of diving gear worn by the deceased. 

The gear will be examined for faults.

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9 Comments for “Oregon man dies in B.C. diving accident”

  1. Does anyone have something else on this? I’d would have an interest to find out additional concerning this as it’s all new to me

  2. Andy, you are remembered fondly. It is with a very heavy heart that we are remembering you today. You left us doing what you dearly love, but it doesn’t take away the loss. You were always very generous, and I enjoyed our conversations. Our thoughts are with your lovely wife, your family, and your friends, and with you and all that you brought to the lives that you have touched.

  3. Andy left an undullable positive affect on the many people he worked with at Banfield, The Pet Hospital. A true contributor to people and the company. I will remember him for his caring and sincere soul.

  4. Andy was a good and decent man. I feel priviledged to have known him. He was a excellent teacher and I learned a lot from him. My prayers are with his family. Rest in peace Andy. We will be missing you.

  5. Sandy Bowcutt Neuburger

    I will miss you my friend . I will always remember all of the years of Scouting we had together. My thoughts will be with your family and their loss

  6. A great friend. He will be sorely missed.

  7. Andy was a good man, such a positive person who I feel fortunate to have known. My thoughts are with his family, I am so sorry for your loss.

  8. Andy was a good friend and an honorable man. He will be remembered as such throughout the dive community. God bless his family and friends.

  9. He was a Good Man – and he will be missed…

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