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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