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Tacoma police diver checked out after working on patrol boat salvage operation

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
July 20, 2011 2:30 pm

A Tacoma police sergeant was hospitalized overnight for observation after he fell ill from two days of work on the effort to raise a sunken Pierce County sheriff’s boat.

The 42-year-old sergeant is now resting at home, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said this afternoon. Tests done at the hospital didn’t show anything wrong.

“Everything came back fine,” Fulghum said.

The sergeant is a member of the Metro Dive Team. He’d assisted in the salvage operation of the Sheriff’s patrol boat, The Reliance, which sunk Monday afternoon at the Narrows Marina.

The sergeant worked on the operation and was underwater  Monday and Tuesday, Fulghum said.

Sometime Tuesday, the sergeant complained that he wasn’t feeling well and was lightheaded. He went to a local hospital and was kept overnight.

The state Department of Labor & Industries has launched an investigation into what happened, spokesman Hector Castro said. The investigation will look at the Tacoma Police Department and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, which oversees the dive team.

“It will take us some time to figure out what happened,” Castro said.

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