Air Force identifies Kadena airman who died in scuba accident
The Air Force has identified the Kadena Air Base airman who died in a scuba accident Saturday off the coast of Okinawa as Tech. Sgt. Jason D. McIlvaine.
The 42-year-old, assigned to the 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, was diving off the coast of Okinawa, approximately 30 miles north of the base.
Two airmen noticed that McIlvaine was in distress and brought him to the surface, where they saw that he was not breathing, according to an Air Force news release. They performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until local medical responders arrived and took over.
McIlvaine was transported via helicopter to a local hospital in Nakagami. The doctors on duty were unable to revive him, the release said.