New Richmond diver dies on Lake SuperiorA New Richmond diver has died while exploring a shipwreck in Lake Superior off the Michigan coast, according to law enforcement reports.
A New Richmond diver has died while exploring a shipwreck in Lake Superior off the Michigan coast, according to law enforcement reports.
On Tuesday, June 26, Michigan State Police divers reportedly recovered the body of Derril Yerigan, 52, of New Richmond.
Yerigan, an insurance agent in New Richmond, was one of four recreational divers exploring the wreckage of the SS Samuel Mather on Monday. He failed to return to a charter boat with the rest of the group.
The shipwreck about 16 miles off Whitefish Point in the eastern Upper Peninsula. It sits about 174 feet below the surface of the water.
The Chippewa County, Mich., medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine what killed the diver.
Yerigan opened the New Richmond Insurance Agency with Bruce Bottolfson in 1987, according to the agency's website.