Second Diver Dies on Same Boat

A 64-year-old diver died aboard the John Jack Thursday while on a trip to explore a World War II-era shipwreck. Hampton Pix

On Thursday, for the second time in five days, the dive charter boat John Jack returned to Montauk with the body of a diver who died while on a shipwreck exploration cruise.

Timothy Barrow, 64, a veterinarian and experienced diver from Reading Pa., made it to the surface, according to published reports, but succumbed to an apparent heart attack. Mr. Barrow was diving on the wreck of the Norness, a tanker sunk by a German U-Boat in 1942. The ship lays 250 feet down and about 60 miles southeast of Montauk.

East Hampton Town police said Friday that Mr. Barrow had completed a dive and was following an anchor line to the surface when he ran into trouble. Surfacing in distress, he lost consciousness as the John Jack crew lifted him aboard. Attempts to resuscitate him on the boat were unsuccessful.

Mr. Barrow's body was brought to the Montauk Coast Guard Station aboard the John Jack, where it was turned over to investigators.

On July 24, the ocean liner Andrea Doria claimed her 16th deep-diving victim, Michael LaPrade, 27, of Gardena, Calif. East Hampton Town Police Chief, Edward Ecker was reported as saying the young man became separated from his dive rope. Deep divers say it is not uncommon to become disoriented at such depths. The Andrea Doria was rammed by a Swedish liner, the Stockholm, on July 25, 1956. She sank the next day in more than 200 feet of water.