A 49-year old Canadian who died after becoming sick while diving near a shipwreck received CPR. The incident occurred in the St. Lawrence River.
The troopers stated that they received a distress call just before noon from a dive charter boat near the Rock Island Lighthouse in Jefferson County. An unresponsive diver had been brought up from 18 meters. CPR was performed and he was transported to a healthcare facility where he was declared dead.
The troopers identified the man as Francois Lacourse of Quebec. An autopsy has been scheduled. The police stated that the death appears to be related to natural illness.
Dive instructor Anouar Bennaid of Quebec was transported to a healthcare facility for observation due to decompression illness and expected to make full recovery.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can help save lives. As a life-saving technique, it significantly improves the chances of survival during emergencies.
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