Diver has equipment problem, hospitalized

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SAUGATUCK, Mich. (WOOD) — A man diving in Lake Michigan had to be hospitalized Saturday after having a problem with his equipment.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. about five miles out from Saugatuck, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A man participating in a dive operation in about 100 feet of water experienced a problem with his air regulator. He had stopped breathing by the time his partner helped him surface.

The divers began CPR and called the Coast Guard. When a Coast Guard boat arrived, it took the man to shore at the Saugatuck Yacht Marina, where emergency medical responders were waiting.

When he was transferred to EMS, the diver was going in and out of consciousness and his breathing was labored.

He was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital. His condition was unknown Sunday.

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