West Kelowna man dead following scuba accident in Fintry

A 56-year-old man died as a result of a scuba diving incident Sunday, Sept. 16

A 56-year-old West Kelowna man died Sunday following a scuba diving incident in Fintry.

North Westside Fire Rescue fire chief Jason Satterthwaite said his crew was called to the scene near Fintry Delta Road at 11:57 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

“When we arrived on scene, there was a scuba diver performing CPR on another scuba diver,” Satterthwaite said.

Fire Rescue personnel took over while they awaited the arrival of the paramedics. However, attempts to resuscitate the man proved unsuccessful.

While exact details of the incident are unknown, Satterthwaite said it began when a diving instructor from Golden and the man descended to approximately 80 feet below the surface.

“The instructor noticed the diver was having some severe problems, so he brought the diver to the surface,” Satterthwaite said. “He did indicate he did some emergency CPR underwater.”

Satterthwaite said crews were advised to stop CPR and the BC Coroner’s Service was called. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It’s a very tough day for the guys,” Satterthwaite said. “We were out selling ice cream (at an event). It was supposed to be a good day, but we were called to do our job.”

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP deemed the death non-suspicious in nature and continue to work with the BC Coroners Service on the ong-going investigation.

The identity of the man has not yet been released.


@VernonNews
parker.crook@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Pets still missing after Peachland home fire

Two Pomeranians and two cats are missing after fire

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: A sunny Easter Sunday

Temperatures will peak at approximately 20C region-wide

Petition to stop new cell tower too close to Kelowna homes

An online petition was started to stop cell tower construction near Ellison Elementary School

Local Kelowna project tabs restaurant workers for industry fundraiser

The 2nd Hungry Games invites fundraises for local charities

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

Regional district backs more consultation on plans to help caribou

It is feared that the caribou recovery plans could result in closure of backcountry areas

Okanagan student shows skill at provincial finals

Aidan Eglin of Armstrong won website development event at Skills Canada’s B.C. finals in Abbotsford

Kootnekoff: Easter Bunny legal woes

Several years ago, our young daughter needed to know: “Is Santa Claus… Continue reading

Okanagan fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware cats were in wood pile in yard near garbage pile fire that got away

Okanagan township’s open burning winds down

Spallumcheen reminds residents of regulation changes as open burning concludes April 30

Children gather for Easter festival in Summerland

Fourth annual Easter Egg-stravaganza included activities and egg hunt

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

Most Read