Commercial Diver, Anthony Gockerell, was tragically killed on the job near Port Angeles, Washington on March 3, 2021. Gockerell was performing geoduck clam harvesting at the Dungeness West geoduck tract. He signaled that his surface-supplied umbilical cord, which provides air to the diver, was unable to clear. The crew believed that the diver had become entangled and made efforts to free him to the surface. CPR was given to Gockerell en route to the shore, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
This incident demonstrates the dangers faced by commercial divers and commercial fishermen who serve in the waters of Washington State. BoatLaw, LLP has represented commercial divers throughout the pacific northwest for over forty years. The firm’s admiralty lawyers have a unique understanding of the perils faced by these mariners.