- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who provided unsafe equipment to a diver who drowned off Catalina Island has been sentenced to four years in prison.

The Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/1wiOkI3 ) says Craig Lightner was sentenced Monday. He pleaded guilty in July to involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors say Lightner and 47-year-old Mark Rascon had been trying to illegally catch fish last year using air hoses and unsafe breathing regulators. They also said Lightner didn’t teach Rascon how to properly use the equipment.

Authorities say Rascon’s equipment became tangled in kelp and instead of trying to help, Lightner called the Coast Guard to report a missing diver.

Rescuers found Rascon’s body 80 feet down. He’d suffered an embolism during the dive and drowned.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com

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