Safety Lapse Suspected in Scientist’s Diving Death

<i> Associated Press</i>

Henry W. Kendall, a winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize for physics, may have lost his life during a scuba diving trip because he skipped some basic safety procedures, a dive team doctor said.

Kendall died Monday while taking pictures in about eight to 10 feet of water at Wakulla Springs State Park.

Dr. Noel Sloan said the 72-year-old physics professor did not wait for his diving companion before entering the water and failed to conduct a required two-minute pre-dive check that could have revealed an incorrectly positioned valve that could cut off Kendall’s oxygen supply and cause him to black out.

A preliminary autopsy Tuesday ruled out drowning as the reason for Kendall’s death.