California Filmmaker Dies While Scuba Diving Off Anacapa Island

On Saturday, Nick Armington, a filmmaker from San Rafael, died after being pulled from the waters of the Pacific near Ventura.

It was determined by the Ventura County Coroner’s Office that he died of asphyxiation due to drowning. He had turned 41 last Wednesday.

Armington was pulled from the waters around Anacapa Island, an area full of lava tubes, sea caves and kelp forests roughly 14 miles from Ventura, California.

He had been scuba diving with a group off the 85-foot commercial dive boat Spectre at about 2:45 p.m. when he suddenly surfaced near shore, waving his hands. But he was unconscious and face-down by the time rescue divers from the boat reached him, authorities said.

He is survived by his wife, Sari Armington.