A Midland man was killed in a diving accident in Lake Huron in northern Michigan, the Michigan State Police reports.
Timothy A. Troup, 62, of Midland, died Sunday, Aug. 17, when he attempted to return to the surface from an approximately 166-foot dive to the Persian Shipwreck off the coast of Hammond Bay in Presque Isle County, MSP Sgt. Jeff Gorno said.
Troupe was diving with a group of eight others after they rented a boat and launched from Cheboygan, Gorno said.
The Michigan State Police Dive Team responded from Cheboygan along with the U.S. Coast Guard and EMS workers, bringing the man to the surface and attempting lifesaving measures. He was pronounced dead.
“At some point he got in trouble with his equipment, he may have gotten entangled and attempted to rush to the surface and it didn’t work. He came up too fast,” Gorno said. “I think he came up without some equipment that he needed.”
The MSP dive team dove on Monday, Aug. 18, to recover some of the gear on the bottom for the continuing investigation.
Troup was a diving instructor at a Midland dive shop, Gorno said, though he could not confirm the name.
It has been the second fatal diving accident in northern Michigan involving a professional diver in the past two weeks, Gorno said.
Dennis Javens, 64, of Minnesota, died while diving in the Straits of MackinacSaturday, Aug. 9. He was brought to the shores of Mackinaw City about 1:30 p.m., according to the Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators believe Javens mistakenly made the dive using his reserve tank instead of his main tank. When he ran out of air, he attempted to switch to the reserve tank, which was empty.
“It’s kind of unusual,” Gorno said. “They’re pretty professional at what they do when they dive 160 feet down.”