Scuba diver died after showing signs of distress in St. Lawrence: Police

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Ronald Zajac, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 PM ET

BROCKVILLE, Ont. — A 49-year-old diver who died on Canada Day was in visible distress in the St. Lawrence River before her husband brought her back to the surface, police say.

Luciane Perri, of Mississauga, Ont., was attempting to explore the wreck of the Henry C. Daryaw, located west of the Brockville Narrows.

“The couple had completed a dive in the morning with the same equipment with no issues,” Staff-Sgt. Cary Churchill of the Ontario Provincial Police said Wednesday.

She was about 85-90 feet underwater when the trouble began just before 2 p.m.

“The victim was having issues communicating with her husband,” Churchill said, referring to the standard hand signals.

“She looked like she was in some distress.”

Her husband and dive partner, Stephen Long, brought her back to the surface as quickly as possible — careful to avoid decompression sickness — Churchill said.

“When they got to the surface, she was unresponsive,” he said.

“They got her onto the deck of the dive vessel and they began CPR.”

A U.S. Coast Guard vessel brought Perri to shore at Hudson Point Rd., where paramedics took over and rushed her to Brockville General Hospital, located about 120 km south of Ottawa.

Helen Cooper, owner of the dive charter Abucs scubA and the Dive Brockville Adventure Centre shop, said the tragedy happened on her charter.

The husband and wife, who were both experienced divers, were part of a four-person group of divers and Perri didn’t appear to have any health issues, Cooper said.


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