UPDATE – Scuba diver dead after Alberni accident

A scuba diver is dead after becoming entangled in a fishing net at Port Alberni's Harbour Quay on Sunday evening.

A man is dead after becoming entangled in a fishing net during a scuba dive at Alberni’s Harbour Quay, RCMP Staff Sgt. Kevin Murray said.

Emergency crews including Canada Coast Guard and the coast guard auxiliary responded to a call of a diver in distress at the quay at 8:50 p.m. on Sunday.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel found a scuba diver tangled in a fishing net in the water behind the Port Boat House.

Coast guard and fire personnel pulled the net to shore with the diver still in it unconscious and not breathing.

Emergency crews performed CPR on the man before rushing him to West Coast General Hospital where medical personnel pronounced him dead.

Murray didn’t know the man’s age or residency yet, he said.

Earlier, the man surfaced from his dive in a panicked state and yelled at someone on shore to call for help before submerging and not resurfacing, Murray said.

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