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Man collapses, dies after dive near Point Julia

LITTLE BOSTON — A man collapsed after a dive near here Wednesday afternoon, and efforts to resuscitate him by the diver’s fellow crew members and emergency personnel were unsuccessful.

North Kitsap Fire & Rescue crews were called at about 12:35 p.m. Wednesday to the boat launch at Point Julia following a 911 call from the dive boat. It was reported that an adult man was being brought to shore in a small boat and that CPR was in progress. About eight minutes after dispatch, NKF&R crews arrived at the launch to meet the boat. Medics attempted to resuscitate the man for another 40 minutes, but their efforts weren’t successful, NKF&R spokeswoman Michele Laboda reported.

Those on the boat with the man told officials that he’d been diving with surface-supplied air for about 70 minutes when he signaled his intent to surface. He climbed aboard the boat and was removing his gear when, after saying that he didn’t feel well and sitting down, he lost consciousness. His colleagues called 911, started CPR and quickly transferred the man to a smaller vessel that could reach shore faster than the larger boat.

Any further information — such as the man’s age, name and hometown — will be released by the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office, Laboda reported.

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