Man Who Died While Diving Near Split Rock Lighthouse Is Identified

Diving Location Was Near Madeira Shipwreck


LAKE COUNTY, Minn. – A man is dead after going out on Lake Superior with a group of divers, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, identified as Aaron Timmerman, 42, of New Hope, Minnesota, was diving Saturday afternoon just north of Split Rock Lighthouse up the North Shore at the popular site of the Madeira shipwreck.

Authorities reported Monday that witnesses saw Timmerman surface and call for help, but no one was able to reach him before he went back under the water.

Two members of the group were able to locate him on the bottom of Lake Superior. He was unresponsive and pulled to the shore where CPR was initiated, according to Monday’s release.

First responders transported Timmerman via helicopter to a landing zone at Gooseberry Falls State Park, where medical attention could be administered.

Timmerman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office. The cause of death remains unknown at this time pending an autopsy by the medical examiner.

Timmerman was a small business owner of a company called Tech 80.  His family has set up a YouCaring page to help raise money to pay for medical costs.

The page writes, “Aaron believed that the more people gave to the world, the more they’d get back in return. His family requests donations be made here in lieu of flowers to help off-set funeral and other costs.”

A celebration of Timmerman’s life will be held on Friday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m. at Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Visitation will be held an hour before the celebration.


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