Diver dies at Cermaq salmon farm

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Commercial diver was doing contract work for Cermaq Chile.

ITV Patagonia reports that Chilean Authorities have confirmed that the death of a 43-year-old commercial diver, who suffered a heart problem while diving at a salmon farm, Laura Norte, located in the Seno Skyring, southern Chile.

The site belongs to Cermaq and commercial diver was doing contract work, employed from the company Scuba SPA.

The diver is believed to have got into difficulty at 4 pm on Wednesday. An ambulance was called out, but his death was confirmed at 5 pm.

In a conference, Governor of Punta Arenas, Sergio Valenzuela said that authorities are finding out “whether he had authorisation or not and the suitability of the deceased commercial diver,

Homicide Brigade Detectives and forensic experts from the Criminalistics Laboratory are currently investigating the circumstances of the man’s death.

In a statement provided to SalmonBusiness, Cermaq Chile’s Steven Rafferty confirmed the accident and the name of the diver involved.

He also added:

“Once informed of what happened, the Company’s emergency plan was activated, to carry out the necessary actions and expertise and to inform the authorities, who are conducting the investigations to clarify the causes of the event. There are reports from sources in the media stating the person had a cardiac arrest, but Cermaq will await official reports and cannot confirm this

“According to the preliminary information collected, the operation was carried out following the strict certifications and procedures for this type of work and the contractor company complied with all the standards to carry out operations safely.

“Cermaq deeply regrets this event and expresses its heartfelt condolences to the relatives and close friends of the Scuba SpA company worker.”