A novice scuba diver died over the weekend while trying to get certified. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office was called to Hoodsport just before 10 Sunday morning to the report of a diver pulling another diver to the dock, yelling for someone to call 911.

CPR was in progress when first responders arrived, but they were unable to resuscitate 51 year old Timothy Burns of Lyons, Oregon.

Burns was diving with trained and certified diving instructors, who reported that while submerged, he began to experience trouble and was brought to the surface by a diving instructor. The preliminary investigation appears that this was a diving accident.