- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - A diver who died in a scuba diving accident Wednesday near the San Juan Islands has been identified.

The Bellingham Herald reports (https://goo.gl/uZkUbQ ) 40-year-old Hank William Hoskins Sr. drowned when his air hose severed while diving in the area of Sucia Island.

The Whatcom County Medical Examiner’s Office says asphyxiation by saltwater drowning was his cause of death and that the man did not have a backup air supply.

County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel ruled the death an accident. He noted, however, that it was an unsafe dive operation with disregard for emergency procedures.

The boat crew reported Hoskins had been underwater for about five minutes before he was pulled on board. Authorities say he could not be revived.

Hoskins lived on the Lummi Reservation.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, https://www.bellinghamherald.com

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