ROCKPORT — A 53-year-old Wilmington man died after being in distress while diving off Pebble Beach on Thursday morning.

Carrie Kimball Monahan, director of communications for the Essex District Attorneys Office, did not release the man's name, saying she wanted to give his family time for grieving. 

The Wilmington man was pulled from the ocean by his diving group, which consisted of two men and one woman, according Kimball Monahan.

Rockport police responded to a call regarding a diver in distress off Penzance Road at 10:06 a.m., according to Lt. Mark Schmink. Crews from the Rockport and Gloucester Fire Departments, Rockport Ambulance and Beauport Ambulance Service also responded to the scene.

CPR was administered to the diver before he was transported via ambulance to Addison Gilbert Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 11:20 a.m. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Kimball Monahan confirmed a medical examiner will be conducting an autopsy and the diver's equipment will be inspected.

Rockport police interviewed the three individuals who were diving with the Wilmington man, Kimball Monahan said, and foul play is not suspected at this time.

This is the second diver death in Rockport in four months. Savitskiy Vyacheslav, 47, a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died while diving with a friend off Cathedral Ledge in September.

Michael Cronin may be contacted at 978-675-2708, or


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