Cause of death still pending for diver recovered from Pass

The body of an experienced diver was found May 4.

A cause of death hasn’t been determined for an experienced diver who was pulled out of the water below Deception Pass Bridge May 4.

The man was identified as Richard Moore, 67, of Renton.

Island County Coroner Robert Bishop said Moore had a vast amount of experience diving throughout his lifetime and was very familiar with Deception Pass underwater. He had been diving “several times a week every week,” the coroner said.

Moore was with a group of people from Renton who traveled to Whidbey Island to dive. They went into the water at North Beach in the morning.

About an hour and a half later, people in a boat unrelated to the divers found Moore’s body floating underneath the bridge and transported him to Cornet Bay. Despite lengthy CPR, Moore was eventually pronounced dead at the docks, Bishop said.

The cause and manner of death is pending test results to determine if an underlying health condition contributed to the tragedy, the coroner said.

More in News

Suspicious botanist, invisible guests, satanic voicemail reported | Island Scanner

The following reports were compiled from calls made to the Island County… Continue reading

Bowman Bay diver found

The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office has recovered the body of a 67-year-old… Continue reading

Photo by Heather Mayhugh
Stuart Peeples demonstrates how to enter Heather Mayhugh's wheelchair van. In recent months, while navigating the new Mukilteo ferry terminal, Mayhugh has struggled to unload her clients who need access to the restroom.
ADA concerns cited about new ferry terminal in Mukilteo

Advocates feel not enough thought went into improving the new terminal’s accessibility problems.

Bystanders perform CPR on grocery store shopper

Two men helped a fellow grocery shopper at Saar’s last week by performing CPR after he collapsed.

Oak Harbor business owner killed in crash

The owner of an Oak Harbor brewing company was killed in a motorcycle accident in Yakima County.

No serious injuries reported in Bayview Road accident

The drivers of two vehicles that collided in South Whidbey Saturday were not seriously injured.

Photo by Rebecca Powers
Apartment fire injures one, displaces nine

Nine people were displaced after a fire swept through an apartment building… Continue reading

Photo by Sara Hogarth
Crews put out grass fire

A possible mishap with a lawn mower sparked a half-acre fire on Green Valley Road on Friday morning.

Guns found buried under shed, in flower pot | Island Scanner

Sunday, June 27 At 9 a.m., an Eastpoint Drive resident reported that… Continue reading

Most Read