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Diver found dead near floating green

A diver died near the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course’s Floating Green on Lake Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday afternoon.

Golf course employees saw Mike McCullough, of Rexburg, Idaho, floating facedown in the water around 3:55 p.m., said Maj. Ben Wolfinger of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department. They hauled him out of the water and started CPR but were unable to revive him. He was taken to Kootenai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

McCullough was a contract worker for the Coeur d’Alene Resort hired to collect golf balls and clean trash off of the lake bottom, Wolfinger said. McCullough was not wearing his diving gear when he was retrieved from the lake.

“We don’t know if he had equipment issues or if there was a medical problem,” Wolfinger said.

Members of the Sheriff Department’s dive team were trying to retrieve McCullough’s gear from the lake in hopes of answering questions about the accident. McCullough was in his mid-20s, police said.

Becky Kramer