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    Separate SCUBA Diving Deaths Deemed Accidental

    Written by Susan Shroder from Sign On San Diego

    SAN DIEGO — The deaths of two men in separate scuba-diving incidents have both been determined to be accidental, the Medical Examiner’s Office said.

    Autopsies were done on both victims. Results of autopsies can be delayed due to toxicology tests. Examinations are also done on diving gear.

    The body of Jimmy Somphirigna Tanovan, 35, of Oceanside, was found Oct. 9 floating in rocks near the shoreline of the Children’s Pool in La Jolla. The other diver, James Daniel Kinane, 56, of San Diego, died on July 2, the Medical Examiner’s Office said.

    The autopsies determined both men also had cardiovascular disease, a medical examiner’s investigator said Friday.

    A man who had talked to Tanovan several hours before his body was found said that Tanovan had told him he was going diving for lobsters.

    Kinane had been diving with friends off the coast of Mission Beach when he was found in distress at the surface of the water, the Medical Examiner’s Office said. His friends jumped in the water to help him, but he became unresponsive.

    Paramedics and lifeguards from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department tried to revive him, but Kinane was pronounced dead at lifeguard headquarters.

    According to a published obituary, Kinane was a U.S. Navy veteran and a volunteer diver with the California Science Center.

    Tanovan also was a Navy veteran and was a musician, according to a memorial post on

    The original article can be found here.

    1 Comment

    1. Tragic. Leaves more questions than answers. Thanks for sharing this PSD.

      Comment by Michael (Chiper) Jessen — November 14, 2011 @ 5:20 am

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