Woman dies in scuba accident off Orcas Island

EASTSOUND — A female scuba diver was found dead near Orcas Island, and another woman was being treated for surfacing too fast, after both took a guided recreational dive on Monday, San Juan County Sheriff Bill Cumming said.

The women were on a professionally guided dive at a spot known as the Rosario Wall, near Rosario Resort in the East Sound of Orcas Island, when something went wrong shortly before noon, Cumming said.

Authorities were called, and a sheriff’s diver recovered the body of a 23-year-old woman by 12:30 p.m.

The other woman, 32, of Orcas Island, was in satisfactory condition at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, a spokeswoman said.


Grin and "bear" it: The invitation was "Take Teddy to Tea." The response was more than 1,000 stuffed bears for traumatized children. About 250 donated teddy bears as admission to a high tea at Willow Gardens. Most will be given to local groups but some will go to hospitals, fire departments and other organizations that help children face traumatic situations around the country.


Alford plea stands: A man who entered a modified guilty plea in the shooting death of his wife waited more than two years too long to try to withdraw the plea, a judge has decided. Only if there is new evidence that recently came to light could the move to withdraw the plea by Joseph A. Revay, 44, of Chehalis, be considered, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Richard A. Strophy ruled Friday. Revay entered an Alford plea on Jan. 8, 1998, to aggravated first-degree murder. Strophy said state law gave Revay one year to withdraw the plea. Defense lawyer Peter Connick said he would argue that he had new evidence sufficient to have the plea thrown out.

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