October 14, 2013 5:10 pm

Second body recovered after diving accident near Nanaimo

Snake Island, the location of a diving accident on October 11, 2013.

The body of a second diver has been recovered after a tragic recreational dive on Friday off the coast of Nanaimo.

Two divers up from the U.S. died near Snake Island.

Just after 4 p.m. Friday, Nanaimo RCMP were alerted to an accident involving three male divers near Snake Island. The Canadian Coast Guard along with one of the RCMP’s vessels were on the scene searching for the divers.

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Police say upon arrival at the dive site, one person was in medical distress and was brought to shore, where he was pronounced dead. Another diver was rescued and brought to shore for questioning by investigators and one diver was still missing. His body was recovered Saturday by a specialized dive team.

The three men were visiting Nanaimo from Washington State on a chartered “recreational deep dive.”  RCMP have not yet released the names of the divers.

“It’s a tragedy on a Thanksgiving weekend,” Sgt. Armstrong said. “We’re going to have to tell one family he’s deceased and another one that he’s presumed dead.”

The case has been turned over to the coroner.

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