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ARMINGTON, Nicholas (c. 1963-2003)

In the News~

October 19, 2003 [VCS]: “A San Rafael man who authorities said experienced undetermined difficulty while diving off Anacapa Island died Saturday afternoon, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department reported. Nicholas Armington, 40, had gone into the water from the dive boat Spectre. When he got in trouble he was pulled out of the water and onto the boat. A sheriff's dive team, in the area for underwater search and rescue dive training, heard the Spectre request emergency assistance for a diver having a medical problem, according to a news release. The sheriff's boat, with a panoramic, two emergency medical technicians and five dive team members, responded to the Spectre's request. Although authorities apparently would have preferred to take Armington to shore aboard a Coast Guard vessel, which would have been faster, it was determined one could not reach the Spectre quickly enough, so he was placed in the sheriff's boat. During the 30-minute trip to shore, dive-team members tried in vain to revive Armington with CPR. He was pronounced dead at Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. The circumstances leading to Armington's death were not known late Saturday. His body was turned over to Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office for further investigation.”

October 20, 2003 [LAT]: “A 40-year-old San Rafael man drowned over the weekend while SCUBA diving off Anacapa Island, authorities said Sunday. Nicholas Armington had ascended from his fourth dive of the day about 2:30 P.M. Saturday when he signaled to people on the dive boat that he had a problem, authorities said. When divers from the boat reached him in the water, Armington was unresponsive.”