Bremerton man on life support after diving accident

SEATTLE -- A Bremerton man is on life support after nearly drowning during a Tuesday diving accident.

Clallam County Sheriff deputies responded to a Tuesday morning call about a commercial diving accident that happed off Green Point, west of Dungeness.

They learned that 24-year-old Samuel Silverstein was working as a diver on a 40-foot commercial fishing boat called the Gold Rush when he ran into trouble under the water.

Crew members on the Gold Rush told authorities that the currents were very strong Tuesday morning and that Silverstein came to the surface to say he having problems. He was able to go back underwater to fix a tangled line, but crew members knew something was wrong and radioed the Department of Natural Resources for help getting Silverstein out of the water.

While on the radio with the DNR, crew members say Silverstein disappeared underwater. The boat's captain, Robert Mead, went in after him. Mead found Silverstein unconscious 50 feet below the surface, according to the Clallam County Sheriff's Office.

Mead brought Silverstein to the surface and he was taken on board the DNR boat, which had just arrived at the scene. Crew members performed CPR while they rushed to the dock. Silverstein was then taken to Olympic Medical Center to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. He is now on life support, according to the Clallam County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say there does not appear to be anything suspicious or criminal in the investigation.