State diver drowned under influence of cocaine

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State diver drowned under influence of cocaine

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — The Kitsap County coroner says cocaine intoxication was a factor in the death of a state Department of Natural Resources diver who drowned in July off Bainbridge Island.

David D. Scheinost (SHYN'-ohst) of Puyallup was part of a dive team sampling geoduck (GOO'-ee-duck) clams for paralytic shellfish poisoning. He reportedly surfaced briefly and sank.

KOMO reports the death certificate released Tuesday says the 24-year-old drowned while scuba diving and was intoxicated by cocaine.

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