10/11/2013 08:59 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

1 dead, 1 missing in Nanaimo scuba diving accident

RCMP say one diver is dead, one is in good condition, and a third is missing near Snake Island, a small, uninhabited, rocky island east of Nanaimo.

Several coast guard vessels, an RCMP boat, a dive team and two aircraft are on the scene, said Lt. Paul Pendergast of the Rescue Coordination Centre.

Nanaimo RCMP say they received a call about a recreational diving accident shortly after 4 p.m. PT Friday. It's not known whether the divers got into trouble with their equipment or whether there was a medical emergency.

There is no further information available at this time.