Portland, ME, Firefighter Dies in Diving Accident

Portland, ME, Firefighter Dies in Diving Accident

Captain Michael Kucsma, photo/Portland Fire Department.
Captain Michael Kucsma, photo/Portland Fire Department.

Captain Michael Kucsma, a decorated 21-year veteran firefighter, died off-duty while on a recreational scuba dive in Casco Bay, according to a press release issued by the City of Portland. Kucsma, an avid and experienced diver, was reported missing by a diving partner around 3:40 p.m. on Monday, June 16.

Members of the Portland Fire Department responded to the scene and worked to locate, extricate, and resuscitate Kucsma, whose body was found near the Maine Yacht Center off Veranda Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene and then taken to a local funeral home.