KOENIG, John Gary

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KOENIG, John Gary (1943-2009)

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April 10, 2009 [LAT]: “A resident of Santa Barbara died yesterday afternoon while SCUBA diving off the north end of Anacapa Island. Authorities told CDNN that John G. Keonig, 65, apparently drowned at about 1:30 P.M. at a depth of about eight meters near Cathedral Cove, a popular SCUBA diving site. Witnesses said the other divers found Koenig unconscious on the seabed with his regulator out of his mouth. They brought him to the surface, pulled him back onboard the Ventura-based Spectre dive charter boat and started CPR. But the victim never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead about a half an hour later. Craig Stevens, senior deputy Ventura County medical examiner, said an autopsy showed that Koenig drowned. Stevens also said the post-mortem examination revealed cardiac disease, however there was no clear evidence that Koenig suffered a heart attack. Authorities said Koenig was a novice diver who learned to SCUBA dive in January. He died on his 14th dive.”

April 12, 2009 [VCS]: “A Santa Barbara man drowned Friday while scuba diving off Anacapa Island, authorities said. John G. Koenig, 65, was diving around 1 p.m. on the north side near Cathedral Cove when other divers found one of his fins. A frantic search followed, and Koenig was found on the ocean floor, about 27 feet deep, said Craig Stevens, senior deputy Ventura County medical examiner. “The regulator was out of his mouth and he was lying there unresponsive,” Stevens said. Divers removed his weight belt and brought Koenig back to a recreational dive boat where efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful, Stevens said. CPR was performed for nearly 30 minutes, he said. An autopsy Saturday morning showed Koenig drowned, Stevens said. The autopsy showed evidence of cardiac disease, but no clear sign he suffered a heart attack. There was no other trauma found on his body, Stevens said. Koenig was by himself but among a group diving off the recreational dive boat Spectre out of Ventura Harbor, Stevens said. Koenig, described as about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, started scuba diving in January, Stevens said. It was his 14th dive.”