SCUBA Diving Accident at Redondo Pier in Des Moines Results in Fatality

March 9, 2013

Saturday evening (March 9) around 6:42 p.m., South King Fire and Rescue units were dispatched to a 911 call reporting a diver down at the Redondo Pier in Des Moines; unfortunately, the female diver in distress was pronounced dead at the scene.

Initial reports were that a diver had run out of air; South King Fire has not confirmed these details, nor the cause if the accident.

“It appears the diver’s partner tried to help while both were underwater and then surfaced calling out to bystanders for help,” reads an announcement. “SKFR arrived on the scene at 6:47 p.m. and immediately used witnesses and police personnel to triangulate the last known location of the diver. SKFR personnel began rescue efforts using their trained surface water rescue swimmers. The diver’s partner also re-entered the water and was able to locate the diver bringing her to the surface where an SKFR rescue swimmer was able to bring the diver to shore. Resuscitation efforts began immediately by fire department EMTs and King County Paramedics. Unfortunately, efforts to revive the diver were unsuccessful and the diver was pronounced dead at the scene.”

The King County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating.

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About jw60sea

Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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