State agency cited in death of diver
The citation was issued Friday by the Department of Labor & Industries. David Scheinost, of Puyallup, was part of a dive team sampling geoduck clams for paralytic shellfish poisoning July 24. He reportedly surfaced briefly and sank.
Among the violations found were numerous occurrences where divers were deployed without carrying a reserve breathing-gas supply, and DNR not having a designated person in charge to supervise.
DNR will have 15 working days to appeal the citation, something officials with the agency say they plan to do. In a press release issued Friday, the agency noted it has already corrected most of the violations in the citation.
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