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October 17, 2013 at 3:17 PM

2 men, from Kent and Olympia, die in B.C. scuba dive

VICTORIA, B.C. — Two scuba divers who died Friday near Nanaimo, British Columbia, have been identified by the BC Coroners Service as Washington men, 60-year-old Robert Scott Young of Olympia and 38-year-old Harold John Burkholder of Kent.

The service says they were attempting a deep technical dive in an area known as “the wall” at Snake Island, just east of Nanaimo Harbour.

Young returned to the surface but collapsed and could not be resuscitated. Burkholder didn’t surface. His body was found Sunday by a commercial diver at a depth of about 250 feet.

The diver was assisting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which is investigating what went wrong.

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