Scuba diver dies in St. Lawrence River

GANANOQUE – A scuba diver has died shortly after surfacing in the Bateau Channel of the St. Lawrence River Friday afternoon.

Leeds County O.P.P. say the 53-year-old man from Akron, Ohio “quickly lost vital signs” after he surfaced in the section of river, off Treasure Island, 20 kilometers west of Gananoque.

Friends had performed CPR until emergency services arrived.

The Leeds County O.P.P. Marine Unit, Leeds and Thousand Islands Fire Department, Leeds-Grenville EMS and the Canadian Coast Guard were all on the scene.

An autopsy is being performed on the recreational diver.

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