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Coroner: Cocaine contributed to drowning death of Puyallup diver

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Sep. 5, 2012 at 8:18 am with No Comments »
September 5, 2012 8:18 am

The Kitsap County coroner says cocaine contributed to the death of a state Department of Natural Resources diver who drowned south of Bainbridge Island.

David Scheinost, 24, of Puyallup was sampling geoduck clams for paralytic shellfish poisoning July 24 when he briefly surfaced and then sank.

His body was recovered three days later.

The coroner’s report was released Tuesday and says Scheinost’s cause of death was drowning but cocaine intoxication was a factor.

Scheinost had worked for DNR since February.

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