Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mummified body found in Lake Michigan is diver who disappeared 13 years ago

ACTUAL PHOTO OF RECOVERED BODY: Dirk Kann was found in his diving gear more than 200 feet below the surface of Lake Michigan.

The mystery of a diver’s 1999 disappearance was solved when his mummified body was pulled from the frigid waters of Lake Michigan.

Two divers in Whitefish Bay, Wis., found 52-year-old Dirk Kann – still clad in his diving gear – 225 feet below the surface Saturday, WLUK-TV reported.

Scuba-diving expert Alan Pahnke said the 36-degree temperatures at that depth would preserve a body for years.

“There's not a lot of oxygen down there," he explained. "Plus the cold, it's like a refrigerator, [A body will] keep for quite a while."

Kann was an experienced diver, according to the Door County Advocate.

He went on a dive to the Lakeland shipwreck with a friend on Sept. 4, 1999. As they were surfacing, both men experienced trouble. Kann decided to hang on the line 80 feet below the surface to decompress from the 175-foot dive, the Advocate said. Decompression is necessary to prevent the buildup of nitrogen bubbles in the blood after deep dives.

His partner continued up, but when he reached the surface there was no sign of Kann.

The Lakeland is a popular dive spot because it’s a steamship that sank in 1924 and carried a load of what are now nearly 90-year-old cars, but Pahnke said it is considered a “technical dive” because the wreck is so deep.

“You need much more training to go down there than a normal sport diver would," he said.

Attempts have been made over the years to recover Kann’s body, but none were successful until Saturday, according to Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel.


Anonymous said...

He REALLY sleeps with fishes.

Anonymous said...

Could this guy be a better Mayor or Police Supt. than our current Administration? I say, give him a try, at least he won't say anything stupid on a regular basis.

Anonymous said...

So he really didn't 'disappear' and he really wasn't 'found'. According to the article they knew exactly where the fuck he was at for the last 13 years.

Anonymous said...

Should have left the asshole where he was. Now his family has to bury this goof.

Anonymous said...

Blame Bush!

Anonymous said...

Time for another music break.Cue Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald.Take it away Gordon Lightfoot!!!

Anonymous said...


I Voted For Obama said...

Dirk Kann--just registered absentee. I will make sure his ballot gets in on time.

Anonymous said...

Gee, he's been voting in Chicago all this time, good thing no one noticed.

Anonymous said...

"Could this guy be a better Mayor or Police Supt. than our current Administration? I say, give him a try, at least he won't say anything stupid on a regular basis."

Does nothing. Check.
Steals nothing. Check.
Says nothing embarrassing. Check
Doesn't chase tail. Check
Doesn't either drink or do drugs. Check.
Won't accept bribes. Check.
Won't anger anyone. Check.

I would say that Chicago would be better off with him as mayor than they are with 9 1/2 fingers.

Anonymous said...

so is he still alive?

Anonymous said...

Those meddling kids!!!

NOT Navy Seals said...

There are easier way to steal an old car?

Anonymous said...

gay love murder???

Anonymous said...

Way to go Marine Unit

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