The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died in a scuba diving incident in Kootenay Lake near Kaslo on May 18, 2013.
He is Shane Timothy Mortimer, aged 46, of Lethbridge, Alberta.
Dr. Mortimer was one of a group of four persons engaged in recreational scuba diving in the area of the Anscomb shipwreck near Ainsworth on the morning of May 18. Shortly before noon, Dr. Mortimer, an experienced scuba diver, was noted to be in trouble while underwater. His diving partners attempted rescue and resuscitation, which were then continued by first responders and emergency room staff at the hospital. Despite these efforts, Dr. Mortimer could not be revived.
The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.
The family of Dr. Mortimer has been notified of his death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.
For further information, please contact:
Regional Coroner, Interior Region
BC Coroners Service
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