2 dead in separate Puget Sound diving accidents

2 dead in separate Puget Sound diving accidents »Play Video
A Seattle Fire Department boat returns from searching for the missing diver.
An experienced scuba diver has been found dead after he was reported missing earlier off Blake Island, and a second man died in a separate diving accident at Edmonds, officials said.

Both diving deaths happened Saturday in the waters of Puget Sound.

In the first incident, the diver, his adult son and two other people got together Saturday morning and donned their scuba gear to go spearfishing underwater about 150 yards off Blake Island at about 9 a.m.

They were diving off a boat, and their plan was to surface at the end of the dive and rendezvous at a certain pre-arranged place and time. Three of the divers showed up, but the fourth did not.

As soon as the threesome realized their diving partner was missing, they called 911 and rescue boats were dispatched to the scene.

The man's body was found and recovered a few hours later by a dive team in about 50 feet of water after the Coast Guard launched a search in the area, officials said.

Officials said there were no obvious signs of what caused the man's death. He was not entangled in any gear or underwater debris. The Kitsap County coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine his cause of death.

The man was identified as a 49-year-old Kitsap County resident who was a retired Navy diver and was currently working as a civilian diver for the Navy.

In the second incident, a 55-year-old Edmonds man lost consciousness at about noon while diving with his adult son in an underwater scuba diving park off the Edmonds waterfront.

Police said the man was found unconscious on the bottom in about 30 feet of water.

The son brought the man to shore and performed CPR, while someone called 911. When medics arrived, they took over and continued CPR for about 45 minutes, but they couldn't revive the diver. He was pronounced dead at the scene.