Victim Identified in Straits of Mackinac Diving Accident

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CHEYBOYGAN, MI – The Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the person who died as a result of a diving accident in the Straits of Mackinac on Sunday August 12th, 2018.Jesse J Tabor

The victim has been identified as Jesse Tabor, 44-years-old, of Owosso MI.

The Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department was called to a scuba diving accident that occurred while in the Straits of Mackinac on the shipwreck Cedarville.

“On Sunday we were notified at 12:42 pm that a diver was being transported to the Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace with CPR in progress,” said Sheriff Dale Clarmont. The investigation showed Jesse Tabor was with another diver, Michael Petchauer, 64-years-old, of Holland MI and third person who captained the boat, Phillip Storms, 58-years-old, of Hudsonville MI.

The two made two trips down diving and rising in tandem. On the second dive both divers had surfaced when one diver noticed the other struggling and assisted him into the boat.

Once on the boat they headed to Mackinaw City. 911 was called and an ambulance was staged at the state dock. Jesse Tabor was then transported to St. Ignace by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.

Sheriff Clarmont stated the autopsy has been completed but the results could take up to two months to learn the cause and manner of death. The dive equipment should be examined within the next week or two.

“At this stage in the investigation it appears to be a tragic diving accident,” said Clarmont.

Obituary for Jesse Tabor

Jesse Tabor
April 28, 1974 – August 12, 2018

Age 44 of Owosso passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018 in Mackinaw.

A memorial Service will be held 1:00 pm Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Nelson-House Funeral Homes, Owosso Chapel with Pastor Marlene Webster officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 12:00 pm until the time of service.

Jesse was born April 28, 1974 in Lansing, the son of Jack and Mary (Henley) Tabor.

In lieu of memorial contributions, the family requests loved ones to do random acts of kindness in Jesse’s honor.

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