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Vancouver man dies in scuba diving accident in Hood Canal

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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An experienced scuba diver died while exploring an octopus hole in the Hood Canal on Jan. 3.

Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell confirmed Tuesday that 56-year-old Todd MacDonald, of Vancouver, died from saltwater drowning in the late morning hours.

He said that additional tests would be conducted to determine what events led up to the drowning.

Mason County Sheriff's Office Detective Bill Adam said emergency responders found MacDonald unresponsive and were unable to resuscitate him using CPR.

Adam said he remembers occurrences of other divers drowning in the Hood Canal in his 22 years with the Sheriff’s Office, but could not specifically cite other deaths.

He said the octopus hole dive is one of the deepest and more dangerous in the canal.

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Original Publication Date: January 7, 2016

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