Coroner: Diver’s 2015 death was accidental

PORT GAMBLE — A diver who died while working on eelgrass restoration associated with the Port Gamble nearshore cleanup project drowned when he got caught up in his gear, the Kitsap County Coroner’s office determined.

The Oct. 19, 2015 death of Jonathan Thomas Ipock, 28, was an accident, Deputy Coroner Nathan Edwards said.

Ipock was a biologist with Ramboll Environ. He was a resident of Rogersville, Missouri, a native of Bradenton, Florida, and had a bachelor of science degree from University of Tampa. He had traveled widely, lastly to China, and according to his family “embraced new things as a challenge.”

He was interred in his hometown of Rogersville.