woman dies in dive accident off Wrightsville Beach
Pieno of Hatteras village died late Sunday afternoon, Oct. 16, in a
diving accident off Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
Pieno owned Outer Banks Diving in Hatteras village with her husband,
John. The two were well known in the diving community.
Lt. Chuck Mellor, chief of investigations at U.S. Coast Guard Sector
North Carolina, told the StarNews Online of Wilmington said that the
accident happened on a trip to dive for megalodon shark teeth about 30
miles off the coast of Wrightsville Beach.
Dives for that type of fossil usually take divers to depths of more
than 100 feet, he said.
The Coast Guard had not released the name of the victim this morning,
but friends, family, and the dive shop’s Facebook page confirmed that
it was Pieno who died in the accident.
The StarNews said that a coroner's report of the cause of death is
While the Outer Banks Diving boat, Flying Fish, usually operates out of
Teach’s Lair Marina in Hatteras village, the company website noted that
the boat would be located in Wilmington from Sept. 30-Nov. 26 for dive
trips in search of the shark tooth fossils.
Pieno was the mother of two children, Johnny and Kailee, both students
at Cape Hatteras Secondary School.
According to the Outer Banks Diving Facebook page, there will be two
memorial services for Pieno—one on Hatteras and another in Cannonsburg,
Pa., her hometown.
According to the StarNews, Pieno was the second diver to die in four
days in the area known for yielding shark tooth fossils.
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