Remains of long-dead diver recovered

Dec. 7, 2011 at 9:51 PM

NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The remains of a long-missing paraplegic Canadian scuba diver were recovered when they got caught in a commercial fishing net, authorities said.

The mostly skeletal remains of Peter Devoe were found last month in Burrard Inlet, just west of North Vancouver's Cates Park, where the 29-year-old scuba diver disappeared in 1985, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday.

The Coroners Service of British Columbia identified the remains as those of Devoe after receiving tips from the public.

Devoe, paralyzed from the chest down due to a 1978 car accident, was diving with a relative when he experienced problems with his equipment and failed to resurface, the CBC said.

While the specific cause of death could not be determined, foul play was ruled out, the network said.

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