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CDNN :: Sheriff's report: Piling trapped diver

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by CAT SIEH

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BELLINGHAM, Washington (2 Sep 2007) -- A diver who died at the BP Cherry Point refinery last month had been trapped beneath an enormous piling, according to a Whatcom County Sheriff's Office report.

Commercial diver Christopher Primeau, 35, of Wallula, died Aug. 7 during the installation of pile anchors for a pollution boom offshore of the facility, according to BP and Whatcom County Sheriff's Office officials.

A diving supervisor who was present that day told a sheriff's deputy that Primeau, a freelance diver employed by Spokane-based Associated Underwater Services Inc., was checking for rocks or underwater cables before pilings were placed.

Once the area was clear of obstructions, Primeau was to signal for a 24-foot-tall steel piling to be lowered. The pilings weigh between 11,000 and 18,000 pounds, according to the sheriff's report...

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