PIKE, David (1957-2008), drowned while diving at Casino Point. He was taken to the hyperbaric chamber at the Isthmus but did not survive. He was 50 years old.
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June 2, 2008 [dailynews.com]: “A retired Riverside County sheriff's sergeant is dead after a weekend scuba diving accident off Santa Catalina Island. A Los Angeles County sheriff's dispatcher said 50-year-old David Pike was diving with an instructor in about 20 feet of water Saturday at Casino Point Underwater Park when he ran into trouble. Shortly after giving the instructor a thumbs-up signal, Pike floated to the surface, not breathing. He was given CPR and taken by paramedics to a hyperbaric chamber on the island. He remained unresponsive and was declared dead a couple hours later. Hyperbaric chambers are used to treat divers for decompression sickness, also called the bends. Catalina is about 20 miles off the coast of Los Angeles County.”
[Legacy.com]: “DAVID RAY PIKE "BRAVE DAVE" Born June 26, 1957 in Arrington, Cambridgeshire, England, died May 31, 2008 in Catalina. He was 50 years of age. David had lived in our valley for over 31 years. He loved his family dearly, and they will remember him as a wonderful father with larger than life stature and a wonderful loving way about him. David was always willing to help, had many friends, loved cooking, going jeeping, working out, Clint Eastwood movies and going to the shooting range. While serving our country in the United States Army, Sergeant Pike was attached to the 82nd Airborne. On February 14, 1980 he joined the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Sergeant Pike served our community through the department for 28 years until his recent retirement. David is survived by his loving children Jennifer, Tommy and Tristan, all of Hemet; his step-mother, Jane of Homeland; brothers, Dale of San Diego, Wayne of Hemet, Danny of Hemet and Larry of Ohio; sisters, Becky Rathbone of Hemet and Robin Phillips of Murrieta; his brothers and sisters at the Sheriff's Department and many, many friends. A celebration of David's life will be 10am, Friday, June 6, 2008 at Miller-Jones Mortuary, 1501 W. Florida Avenue in Hemet. David will be laid to rest with honors at Riverside National Cemetery, 11:45am, Monday, June 9, 2008.”