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2 Divers Die in 5 Days Exploring Shipwrecks Off LI

Two deep-sea scuba divers died this week while exploring two separate shipwrecks off the coast of Montauk during trips aboard the same dive boat.

East Hampton Town Police said 64-year-old Timothy Barrow, of Reading, Pa., died Thursday died despite attempts by the crew of the John Jack dive boat to administer CPR.

Barrow had descended more than 200 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean to explore The Norness, a Panamanian tanker sunk by a German U-boat in 1942. The wreck is on the ocean floor about 60 miles southeast of Montauk Point below more than 270 feet of water.


On Sunday, 27-year-old Michael LaPrade, of Los Angeles, was one of three divers descending to the wreck of the Andrea Doria off Nantucket when he apparently let go of a rope and disappeared. His body was found about three hours later.

The Andrea Doria is an Italian ocean liner that sank after colliding with another ship amid dense fog in 1953. Forty six people died in the wreck with more than 1,600 surviving.

Fifteen other divers have died while attempting to explore the Andrea Doria, which lies on its side in about 240 feet of water about 40 miles south of Nantucket Island in Massachusetts.

Both men were taken to Montauk where their deaths remain under investigation. Suffolk County medical examiners are performing their autopsies. The U.S. Coast Guard is also reviewing the cases.

The John Jack, based out of Point Pleasant, N.J., is temporarily docked in Montauk.

-With Associated Press.

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