B.A.C.’s first female teacher, B.P.S. Dickson, died in hospital after her dive into the ocean in the early hours of Monday.
B.D. Johnston said the 24-year-old woman was taken to hospital where she died.
Johnston says she is shocked and devastated by the incident.
She said the young teacher was just a good student, always smiling, always having fun.
She was a very kind, kind, gentle person, Johnston said.
She just loved swimming and diving.
“She was a sweetheart,” Johnston said of Dickson.
“She loved life and loved swimming.
I’m just devastated for the family.”
B.E.I. teacher Sarah McCartan is the first person in the province to die from a diving accident.
McCartans family issued a statement on Monday saying she was a loving and caring person who loved to teach and was deeply saddened by the death of her mother.
“We are deeply saddened to learn that Sarah McCarter died on Monday afternoon after suffering a heart attack while diving at an assisted-living facility in Surrey,” the family said in a statement.
“Sarah was an amazing and loving person, and we send our deepest condolences to her loved ones and friends.
She will be greatly missed.”
Dickson and Johnston are the first people in B.I.-N.S.-W.T. to die in the sea since 1996.
The two dive into waters near the southern coast of B.M. Howe, with Johnston diving from about 500 metres to about 250 metres.
The schoolgirl’s parents said she had been diving since she was eight years old.
She loved to dive and enjoy the water, Johnston told the B.F.M.-Nova Scotia Record.
Divers in the Biddeford area said they had not seen a person dive as deep as that in nearly 20 years.
“We’re really shocked by it,” said one of the divers.
“I think she was going to dive at the top of the dive, but unfortunately she hit the bottom of the bottom and she went under.”
The dive is the latest in a series of accidents involving people who have died in the water.
Earlier this year, a woman died after a dive in the Okanagan.
On Feb. 15, a man died after his dive went awry in the waters of the Vancouver Island Strait.
In 2014, a diving instructor in Nova Scotia died when his dive into a rocky cliff at the southern tip of the island’s coast went awol.
In a video from the time, a diver is heard saying that he and his partner were about to land and then see a bright light, which he believes was the sound of a boat moving, but no sign of them.
A month later, a divers group went on the hunt for a missing woman, who had been missing since last March.
That woman’s husband was not found until July 1, 2017.