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Crews locate diver's body

Wisconsin man dies in Lake Superior dive

June 27, 2012
Daily Press

WHITEFISH POINT - The body of a Wisconsin man was recovered Tuesday after he failed to surface after a shipwreck dive off Whitefish Point in Lake Superior the day before, said officials.

Derril Yerigan, 52, of New Richmond, Wis., was diving with three others when he failed to return to the dive charter boat Blackdog Monday afternoon, according to a news release from Michigan State Police in Newberry.

At around 2:20 p.m. Monday, the captain of the dive boat, Brian Anderson of Frost, Minn., informed the U.S. Coast Guard he had deployed four divers on the shipwreck SS Samuel Mather and only three returned.

Coast Guard officials conducted a search of the surface water and could not locate the missing diver, stated the news release. The Michigan State Police Underwater Recovery Unit was deployed to the scene and recovered the body of the deceased diver from the deck of the shipwreck.

The Chippewa County medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Foul play is not suspected, said troopers who continue to investigate the incident.

The shipwreck SS Samuel Mather is located in 174 feet of water in Lake Superior in the Whitefish Point Underwater Preserve, approximately 16 miles from Whitefish Point Harbor.



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