Police identify Alberni scuba diver

Port Alberni RCMP have identified the man who died in last Sunday's scuba diving accident as Robert Mark Nixon, 42.

Police have identified Robert Mark Nixon

Police have identified Robert Mark Nixon

Police have identified the Alberni man who died in a scuba diving accident last Sunday as Robert Mark Nixon, 42.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Kevin Murray released the identity today.

Nixon died Sunday evening after becoming entangled in a fishing net during a scuba dive at Harbour Quay.

The B.C. Coroner’s Service is investigating.

According to the Chapel of Memories website, Nixon was from the United Kingdom and served with the British Royal Navy for 24 years, where he earned the rank of chief petty officer.

Nixon settled in Port Alberni with his wife Claire after immigrating to Canada three years ago.

Robert worked as an engineer and production manager with Seamor Marine in Nanaimo.

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