Team Assists with Scuba Diving Accident
October 18, 2003
team members responded to a call for assistance from the dive boat
Spectre. Here they clear the deck of the Raden in anticipation of
transferring a patient.
Patient transfer was quickly accomplished.
The Sheriff's dive boat was the best choice
to assist due to its fast speed and having trained emergency
responders onboard including a paramedic and two emergency medical
Despite all efforts, the patient did not
Full story from the Ventura County Star
is listed below.
problem leaves diver dead
By staff reports
(Ventura County Star)
October 19, 2003
San Rafael man who authorities said experienced undetermined
difficulty while diving off Anacapa Island died Saturday afternoon,
the Ventura County Sheriff's Department reported.
Nicholas Armington, 40, had gone into the water from the dive boat
Spector. When he got in trouble he was pulled out of the water and
onto the boat.
sheriff's dive team, in the area for underwater search and rescue
dive training, heard the Spectre request emergency assistance for a
diver having a medical problem, according to a news release.
sheriff's rescue boat, with a paramedic, two emergency medical
technicians and five dive team members, responded to the Spectre's
Although authorities apparently would have preferred to take
Armington to shore aboard a Coast Guard vessel, which would have
been faster, it was determined one could not reach the Spectre
quickly enough, so he was placed in the sheriff's boat.
During the 30-minute trip
to shore, dive-team members tried in vain to revive Armington with
CPR. He was pronounced dead at Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. The
circumstances leading to Armington's death were not known late
Saturday. His body was turned over to the Ventura County Medical
Examiner's Office for further investigation.