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Ketchikan Fisherman Pleads Not Guilty in Diver Death

Published On: Mar 12 2014 05:30:00 AM AKDT
Ketchikan Sykline
KETCHIKAN, Alaska -

A 32-year-old Ketchikan commercial fisherman has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and criminal negligent homicide in the death of man who died while diving to harvest sea cucumbers.
    
The Ketchikan Daily News reports Joshua Wodyga was arraigned Monday.
    
Emergency responders on Oct. 8 answered a mayday call from Wodyga's boat, the Ostrich. Two divers had suffered injuries from a breathing device.
    
One was resuscitated but the other, 32-year-old Levi Adams, died.
    
District Attorney Steven West says the air compressor Wodyga used was marked as not for human use. He also says Wodyga did a terrible job of maintaining the compressor.
    
Attorney Diane Thoben represented Wodyga at arraignment. She says the Coast Guard in October concluded the death was accidental.
    
A trial date is set for June.