UPDATED: Diver Dies Off Montauk Point; Second This Week on "John Jack"

Coast Guard Station Montauk and police say this diver was not exploring the "Andrea Doria", which is where another diver died four days ago.

East Hampton Town police have identified the diver that was reported dead off of Montauk Point on Thursday afternoon, the second diving fatality in four days off of the same boat.

East Hampton Town Police Chief Ed Ecker said that Timothy Barrow, 64, of Reading, Penn., was ascending after exploring the "USS Norness," a shipwreck about 60 nautical miles south-southeast of Montauk Point and 290 feet below the surface.

He had been brought out to the shipwreck aboard the "John Jack," as was of Los Angeles, who died on Sunday while exploring the "Andrea Doria" shipwreck 40 miles off of Nantucket.

Barrow went into the water with another diver at around 11 a.m. "They go down there and explore approximately 15 to 20 minutes," Ecker said. "During the ascension, the other dive stopped to decompress -- you have to decompress quite a bit when you're down that far -- and the this other fellow went to the top first," the chief said of the preliminary investigation.

When Barrow reached the top, it was obvious he was in distress and the when the boat crew was able to bring him on board, he was in full cardiac arrest, according to Ecker. "It's unclear why," he said, adding that there does not appear to be anything suspicious about the death and that there could be a medical reason for what happened.

The Suffolk County Medical Examiner's office will conduct an autopsy. Barrow's diving equipment has also been taken by the investigators for testing.

Coast Guard Station Sector Long Island Sound received a call of a 64-year-old male diver in distress at 11:15 a.m., according to Lt. Jr. grade Erin Dixon.

The captain of the "John Jack" was instructed to bring the diver's body into , he said. They arrived around 5 p.m.

Town police get involved in the investigations because the boat involved is docked in Montauk, according to Ecker.

"Norness" was a Norweigien oil tanker that was torpeoded on Jan. 14, 1942, making it the first ship sunk off the US east coast during World War II.

Trips to the "Norness" take about four hours from Montauk.

Meanwhile, LaPrade's death is still under investigation by the town police department and the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's Office, though Ecker said there was nothing suspicious about it.

"It's tragic," he said of both deaths."It's hard to say anything else about this just yet."

While Ecker's department has yet to start their investigation into the most recent fatality, he said room for error in diving is very small. "It's such a dangerous sport," he said.

Check back for more information as it becomes available.

Lizabeth July 30, 2011 at 11:48 PM
Holly, I second your comments. Dr. Barrow was an incredible doctor and a wonderful person. I am so very sad that this happened.
Doris July 31, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Dr. Barrow was a gifted , compassionate vet and a fine human being.It was always a pleasure to speak with him at appointments. He was always available and more than once saved our dogs lives. Our family is deeply saddened at his passing. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to his wifa and family.
Kim August 01, 2011 at 03:09 AM
Dr Barrow was a kind, loving vet. He always had that Big smile on his face that reassured you everything would be okay! His way with animals was unique, they trusted him, especially my dog, Oliver, He loved Dr. Barrow and when he heard his name, Oliver knew he would be in good hands. He was my vet since 1985 and I always ask for him. He took the time to be a kind and caring vet, never rushed you and always listened to your concerns. He comforted my family and I in those hard times and he laughed with me when my silly questions came out. He was truely an awesome man and vet. He will never be forgotten! I'm sure he is happy and resting well and watching over us and our furry friends.Our thoughts are with his wife, family and his buddy (dog) Thank You Dr. Barrow <3 Oliver our puppy, Kim, Dale, & Cody. It won't ever be the same without you. God Bless You!
phyllis zimmerman August 01, 2011 at 05:16 AM
As so many others have stated about this tragic loss, Dr. Barrow was the most competent veterinarian, always so knowledgeable, so caring to our pets, so compassionate to us as owners. He listened, he really listened to each question, to each concern. Through almost 2 years of treating our precious Westie, he was always there calming our fears, leading the way through insulin shots, through all the complications of diabetes and then allergy issues with antibiotics and finally steroids. Dr. Barrow was there "persevering" as he would say to help us through the tough times. He was our rock, he guided us through it all with that unique way he had to treat both animals and their loving owners. He simply cared and both humans and animals knew it. For 23 years, he was there when we needed his vast knowledge of veterinary medicine. He gave us hope. He led the way. There are a vast amount of people who, through the years, have said the same thing. And now...I am sure we want to celebrate the life of this one single doctor who truly made a difference. One last time I would like to say "Thank you so much, Dr. Barrow." Intelligence and kindness radiated off this man. May God Bless You, your family, and all of your other workers at OVAC.
Susie Roth August 01, 2011 at 12:14 PM
I, too am devestated over the loss of precious Dr. Barrow. He has been our vet for over 25 years, and was the sweetest, gentlest man you would ever want to meet. The day before he left for vacation, he had the unfortunate task of showing me the xrays of our dog's lung, indicating 3 cancerous nodules. I saw the sadness in his face....he never had an easy time delivering that kind of news. As everyone mentioned, he was so compassionate. I never dreamed that he would never return from his diving expedition. My heart is hurting so badly......my prayers are with everyone in his family, and at the clinic. He will truly be missed.


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