Unknown 2011-01-12

Commercial diver dies off fishing tender near Metlakatla,

The Associated Press, Published: January 13th, 2011

JUNEAU -- The Coast Guard is investigating the death of a commercial diver off a boat near Annette Island in Southeast Alaska.

The crew of the 68-foot fishing tender Island Dancer told investigators that the diver surfaced at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, took off his mask and immediately sank.

A Coast Guard spokesman says the crew reported pulling the diver out of the water using the air hose and immediately providing first aid.

Metlakatla police reported the incident to the Coast Guard at 2:30 p.m. and two Ketchikan-based investigators flew to the community to begin the investigation.

The Island Dancer crew was fishing for sea cucumbers in Chester Bay.

Metlakatla is a community of 1,500 on the west coast of Annette Island about 15 miles south of Ketchikan.