Former Manawatu man drowns scuba diving

A former Palmerston North resident has died, drowning near a beach in Australia while scuba diving.

Jason Glenn Fisk, 42, died while scuba diving off of Rye Beach, Victoria.

The Age reported he was found to be in trouble by a group of divers at about 3pm on January 27.

A police spokeswoman said the divers dragged him to shore, where paramedics and bystanders tried to revive him, but he was declared dead at the scene.

A family member, who did not want to be named, said they were thankful for all the hard work the police and emergency services had put in trying to save Fisk.

A memorial service for him is being held at Terracehaven Chapel tomorrow, with the family asking that donations be given to the Australian Rescue Team in lieu of flowers.

Fisk's death has been referred to the coroner. 

Manawatu Standard