Scuba diver dies in hospital; source indicates victim is John Earle

John Earle, seen here in a Liberal campaign ad from 2014, is believed to have died in a scuba diving mishap off the shore at Guindon Park July 18, 2015. (Photo/Facebook)

CORNWALL – A scuba diver who ran into trouble while practicing his sport in Lake St. Lawrence off the shore of Guindon Park has died in hospital.

Cornwall Police Sgt. Mark Anderson told Cornwall Newswatch late Saturday night he could only confirm the diver had died.

Police haven’t released his name.

Though a source has indicated to CNW the victim is well-known local filmmaker John J. Earle.

Sgt. Anderson indicated the Criminal Investigations Branch was contacted through its not known whether the mishap was diving-related or health-related.

Earle is well-known in Cornwall both in the political and small business circles as well as for his production company Fishrizzo Productions.

The company was started by Earle and Frank Burelle in 2006 where they produced their first documentary film on the Lost Villages of the St. Lawrence.

In the political sphere, Earle ran provincially in 2014 as the Liberal candidate for SD&SG.

Shortly after his unsuccessful political run, he opened his downtown business Earles’ Vintage + Design.

The store on Fourth Street East, which was born through his love of antiques, held its grand opening September 27, 2014.

Earle, a proud cancer survivor and father of two, had just celebrated his 43rd birthday on Tuesday.

He also leaves behind his wife Alyssa Blais.

Both Earle and Blais are well-known in the area for their passion for diving and for Earle’s interest in the subject of water.

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