News archive for August of 2008

  • 31 Aug 2008: Missing diver found dead in Atlantic Ocean

    Loved ones are paying tribute to a diver whose body was recovered earlier today, off the coast of Jupiter. Less than one day after the diver went missing, her body was returned to land this afternoon. They had hoped to rescue 51-year-old Eva Schwartz from the water, just off Jupiter. Instead, these boats brought back her remains. …Source

  • 31 Aug 2008: Diver badly hurt

    A DIVER with head injuries and breathing difficulties was airlifted off a Sydney beach yesterday. The 67-year-old man hit his head on submerged rocks at Shark Point, at the north end of Clovelly Beach, about 10.30am. Two rescue helicopters were called to help the man. "He hit his head on the rocks when entering the water," ambulance spokeswoman Fiona Kruit said. …Source

  • 31 Aug 2008: Search Will Resume in the Morning for Missing Jupiter Woman

    The Palm Beach County Sheriff"s Office Marine Unit is working with the U.S. Coast Guard searching the waters off the Juno Beach Pier for a missing diver. Ms. Schwartz was diving off the Blue Tang dive boat which sails out of the Blowing Rocks Marina. She is an experienced diver. She has scuba dived on many occasions with this dive charter in the past. She was accompanied by her fiancГ©e and another friend. All three descended together. Ms. Schwartz completed her dive ahead of her fiancГ©e and other friend. They continued their dive while she was going to ascend to the surface. They lost visual sight of her as she made her way to the surface. After completing their dive, the fiancГ© and friend learned Ms. Schwartz may not have surfaced as she did not make it to the boat. …Source

  • 31 Aug 2008: Diver rescues sea turtle from harassment in Seal Beach

    A veteran scuba diver on Friday dove to the bottom of a cooling channel that serves a local power plant in Seal Beach and rescued a green sea turtle that had been harassed recently by a small number of fishermen. …Source

  • 31 Aug 2008: Iranian Diver Drowns at Sea

    Sea Rescue was called out to help with a sea incident which had occurred at Sark Island in Pattaya Bay on the afternoon of the 29th August. There the 30 year old Iranian diver, Ali got into swimming difficulties whilst scuba diving with a group of friends. He was given emergency resuscitation (PCR) and was rushed to hospital. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead as the emergency team that tried desperately to revive him could not save him. …Source

  • 30 Aug 2008: Diver helped

    A DIVER was treated for decompression sickness after coming ashore at West Bay, Portland coastguards said The 54-year-old man was taken to a recompression chamber at Poole by a Coastguard rescue helicopter and met by a specialist dive doctor. …Source

  • 30 Aug 2008: Diving school planned for Newcastle suburb

    ASPECIALIST scuba diving school is being planned for a prominent site on the edge of Newcastle, with local enthusiasts banding together to get the scheme off the ground – and under water. …Source

  • 30 Aug 2008: Diver Disappears Off Juno Beach Pier

    the Juno Beach Pier Friday, prompting a search by the U.S. Coast Guard and local authorities. Authorities are searching for a woman last seen wearing a black wet suit with a white tank. She was diving in about 100 feet of water using a multicolored dive flag on Friday. …Source

  • 30 Aug 2008: NOAA Scientists Find Two Shipwrecks

    Maritime researchers dive for discoveries and live for moments like this. "For us we love seeing that material under water, even if it"s just the ballast iron," Hans Van Tilburg said. On August 13, Van Tilburg and other underwater NOAA archaeologists found a shipwreck near Kure Atoll. …Source

  • 29 Aug 2008: Diver"s Body Found on Big Island

    Hawaii County Police have initiated a coroner"s inquest in connection with the body of a diver found Thursday morning, August 28, in the Puako area. The victim has been identified as 59-year-old Kenneth K. Yamase of Hilo. A resident reportedly heard a call for help and with the assistance of other divers in the vicinity found his body afloat and brought it to the shore to begin CPR. …Source

  • 29 Aug 2008: Couple Win Most Bizarre Will Contest

    In several drafts, Schwartz lays out his wish to be outfitted in scuba gear "and cast over the side of a vessel into the ocean where my body may rest undisturbed by any person[s] in the deep." "Although I recognize that this request may very well violate certain . . . laws of the State of New York and Federal as well as multiple other jurisdictions, I trust that my Executor and friends will ignore same," he wrote, adding that his estate could be used to pay for any legal problems. …Source

  • 29 Aug 2008: Leading Italian politician photographed scuba diving in protected sea reserve

    Gianfranco Fini, the speaker of Italy"s lower house of Parliament was in hot water after being snapped scuba diving in a protected sea reserve. Fini, of the far right Alleanza Nazionale party is also former deputy prime minister and is well known for his love of sub acqua activities but he enraged environmentalists with his forbidden dive. …Source

  • 28 Aug 2008: Diver dies near Isola capo Rizzuto

    A 37 year old man, Fulvio Busia, originally from Isola Capo Rizzuto (Crotone) but now resident in Poviglio, Province of Reggio Emilia has drowned, probably after having fainted while he was competing in an underwater fishing competition. The accident happened late yesterday afternoon near Isola Capo Rizzuto near to Spiagge Rosse. …Source

  • 28 Aug 2008: Divers and Shoreline Volunteers Needed on International Cleanup Day

    The Monterey & Bay Area"s diving community and local residents are being called upon to celebrate International Cleanup Day on Saturday September 20th 2008 in Monterey, CA. …Source

  • 27 Aug 2008: Dive tourism threatens Red Sea reefs

    Reefs on the northern part of the Red Sea are being threatened by intensive recreational SCUBA diving from the dive tourism trade. According to the results of a study by Hasler and Ott, which is due to be published shortly in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, sites with high levels of recreational diving had significantly lower levels of coral cover than un-dived areas. The study examined the reefs of Dahab, South Sinai, Egypt, which include some of the world"s most heavily dived sites with over 30,000 dives per year, and compared them to sites with little or no diving. The findings showed that areas subject to intensive SCUBA diving showed significantly higher levels of broken and damaged corals, as well as reduced coral cover. …Source

  • 27 Aug 2008: Philippine C-130 wreck found 600 feet under water

    DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — A military transport plane that crashed after takeoff in the southern Philippines with nine people aboard sank 600 feet under water, too deep for divers to reach, a navy spokesman said Wednesday. Navy Capt. Rosauro Gonzales said the wreckage of the C-130 was located 2.5 nautical miles southwest of Samal island, a short distance from Davao International Airport, from where the plane took off Monday evening. Fishermen found body parts, a torn uniform, combat boots and other debris Tuesday. Gonzales said search teams used fish-finding sonar to locate the sunken fuselage, but that it was too deep for divers to reach. …Source

  • 27 Aug 2008: Divers discover amazingly preserved shipwreck of HMS London on bottom of Thames

    The largest-ever post-war salvage operation on the Thames has discovered seven shipwrecks up to 350 years old. They include a warship that was blown up in 1665, a yacht converted to a Second World War gunboat, and a mystery wreck in which divers found a personalised gin bottle. The vessels, in the Thames Estuary, are just some of about 1,100 ships which went down in the whole of the river. …Source

  • 27 Aug 2008: British diver held in Honduras after student dies

    A British diving instructor is being held in Honduras after one of his students collapsed in his bathroom and later died. …Source

  • 27 Aug 2008: The navy didn"t dive

    The Israel Navy refused to assign its divers to search for the missing 4-year-old Rose in the Yarkon river. The navy insisted on first taking water samples from the Yarkon and having them tested in a lab to determine whether such dives would endanger the health of its naval commandos - it seems as a result of the past scandals over dives in the Kishon river near Haifa, where navy divers risked their health in polluted waters. The police had to hire the services of a private company, which supplied former navy divers to conduct the searches after the body. However, police Commander Avi Neuman said the IDF was still welcome to provide divers and participate in the search. …Source

  • 26 Aug 2008: Bends diver airlifted to hospital

    A 19-year-old diver has been flown to hospital after resurfacing too quickly on a dive off the coast of north Devon. The man had been diving off Lundy when he began to suffer symptoms of decompression sickness - the bends. …Source

  • 26 Aug 2008: Grounded dive boat sparks alert

    A DIVE boat was grounded near the Farne Islands on Sunday afternoon but no-one was injured and the vessel was soon refloated. The Pennine Diver, which had launched from Seahouses, called Humber Coastguard repeatedly after the incident around 4.45pm. …Source

  • 26 Aug 2008: Shark"s fang found on beach

    A TOOTH from a massive Great White shark found on a British beach has raised fresh fears that the man-eaters are circling our shores. The razor-sharp fang measured 6cms — nearly 2ins. That means the beast it came from was probably about 20ft long. …Source

  • 26 Aug 2008: Volusia Co. Sees 17th Shark Bite Of Year

    It"s only August, and already, Volusia County has recorded the same number of shark bites this year as all of last year. A 20-year-old surfer became the 17th bite victim Sunday afternoon when a shark chomped down on his foot. The bite needed a few stitches, but otherwise, the victim is OK …Source

  • 25 Aug 2008: Dive into Bundaberg

    Central Queensland’s Bundaberg region is fast becoming a hotspot for those keen to check out the underwater scene. With some of the best shore diving in Australia, coral diving on the Great Barrier Reef, handy access to Brisbane (a 55 minute flight or four-hour drive) and great value accommodation, it’s no surprise diving is attracting increasing numbers to Bundaberg and the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Whether you join a four day PADI-certified course from as little as $219, jump aboard a dive cruise or simply don your snorkel and flippers, every diving desire is catered for in the region - and it won’t break the hip pocket either. The three main locations for diving in the region are Bargara, Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island – all of which boast the rare opportunity of diving straight off the beach. …Source

  • 25 Aug 2008: Diver injured off Northumberland coast

    A DIVER had to be flown to hospital after suffering serious injuries off the Northumberland coast yesterday. The man, in his late 30s, is believed to have suffered the injuries while surfacing and struck the propeller of the dive boat. The accident happened at a popular diving spot just off the Farne Islands at around 2pm yesterday. Fellow divers called the emergency services and a RNLI lifeboat crew treated the man for serious cuts to his head. The diver was taken ashore by lifeboat and transferred to the air ambulance, which flew him to Wansbeck General Hospital. …Source

  • 25 Aug 2008: Shipwreck hunter claims to have discovered legendary 1812 war vessel

    A Lake Ontario shipwreck hunter claims to have discovered a legendary vessel from the War of 1812 - the 32-metre sloop HMS Wolfe, star of one of the most dramatic naval battles on the Great Lakes at the height of the U.S. invasion of Canada. The ship, renamed HMS Montreal later in the war, was the Canadian-made flagship of commodore James Yeo, commander of the inland British fleet during the crucial struggle against the Americans for control of the lakes. The ship, which was involved in numerous battles throughout the 1812-1814 war, was scuttled years after the war in waters off Kingston, Ont., along with several other vessels that had outlived their usefulness in peacetime Upper Canada. But Kingston-based diver Kenn Feigelman says he"s found, on the murky lakebottom at an undisclosed location near the city, a ships" graveyard with four War of 1812-era wrecks - including, he believes, the Wolfe. And he told Canwest News Service on Friday that he expects the discovery to generate international interest ahead of the bicentennial of the war in 2012. …Source

  • 24 Aug 2008: The Danger of Scuba Diving - Facts and Myths

    Relatively speaking scuba diving is quite a safe undertaking providing you follow a common set of safety rules or standards. It is when these rules are violated that folks put themselves, and others, in danger. Failure To Obtain Standard Certification. Attempting To Dive With Little Skill Sets. Diving Whilst Inappropriately Conditioned To Do So. …Source

  • 24 Aug 2008: Dive Crews Search For Missing Boater

    Officials resumed their search for a missing boater Sunday at about 8 a.m. Police said the missing boater"s wife contacted police after she said their dog returned home without her husband. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and state police began to search the Brewers" Marina in Deep River. The man"s boat, a green canvas topped trawler named "Paddyknacker," was found moored at the marina, but there was no sign of the 58-year-old man, police said. …Source

  • 24 Aug 2008: Sub to explore undersea islands

    Dark underwater mountains rise off the coast of Baja California Sur, too deep for scuba divers and virtually unexplored. This week, scientists began diving hundreds of feet beneath the surface of the Gulf of California, searching for new species and insights that could help protect the region"s commercial fisheries. …Source

  • 23 Aug 2008: The ten most DANGEROUS sports in the world! No9- Cave Diving

    9. CAVE DIVING: Being a diver is bad enough, what with the risk of decompression, which can cause failure of the spinal cord, brain and lungs. But diving in caves takes things to a whole other level. At depths of 100 feet in a pitch-black cave it"s incredibly easy to lose your bearings, have problems with your air supply - or even be eaten by some big, vicious creature. According to the Texas-based San Marcos Area Recovery Team, more than 500 people have died since 1960 while cave diving in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean alone. …Source

  • 23 Aug 2008: Scuba divers willing to pay for conservation

    HAWAII KAI (KHNL) - A new study released Thursday, finds that scuba divers are willing to pay higher prices to see a healthy ocean ecosystem. Scuba divers are considered the ambassadors of the ocean. "The density of life underwater is so great that that"s why people go, they love it," said Island Divers owner Matt Zimmerman. And they are willing to pay more to see it. Scuba divers contribute more than $4 million to costal economies each year. There are 77 dive retailers in Western Hawaii alone. …Source

  • 23 Aug 2008: Dive Drown


  • 22 Aug 2008: UNEXSO and DiveHeart team up to provide diving for the disabled

    The International Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO), is the premiere dive destination and dolphin experience facility located in Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island. UNEXSO and the DIVEHEART FOUNDATION of Downers Grove, Illinois are pleased to announce the first disabled dive training course for instructors and dive buddies. …Source

  • 22 Aug 2008: Under the sea: Scuba excursions beneficial to coastal towns

    To many scuba-certified cruise passengers, one of the best parts of the voyage is the chance to explore beneath the waves they"ve been crossing. And according to a national survey released today by the environmental advocacy group Oceana, there"s a strong economic incentive to keep that endangered underwater world as healthy as possible. Oceana"s study found that the USA"s 1.2 million active scuba divers contribute more than $4.1 million dollars to local coastal economies each year, spending an average of $2,424 per trip. What"s more, they"ll cough up extra cash for a better chance of communing with sea turtles and sharks in a sound coral reef environment. …Source

  • 22 Aug 2008: Scuba Diving In Turkey Growing Into Popular Tourist Activity

    Most people go scuba diving for the solitude of spending quiet time while enjoying the sights that are not available anywhere above the surface. Sea life and signs of history is often found in the form of shipwrecks and amazing aquatic life are some of the top reasons people are choosing to go scuba diving in Turkey. Since the country has more recently become hospitable to tourism, more companies are offering vacations into this popular land, including trips to sponsor scuba diving in Turkey. The Turkish Riviera is rapidly growing into a popular destination for scuba diving in Turkey, and the waters of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas are conducive to diving during the April to November season. Clear, warm waters are inviting to divers hoping for glimpses of red sponge or other aquatic species growing along coral reefs. Sport diving is prohibited around many of the underwater archeological sites, but finding a piece of ancient pottery that has been unearthed in one of these seas can add a spark of excitement to scuba diving in Turkey. …Source

  • 21 Aug 2008: Army divers clean up underwater junkyard

    To sink used tires to the bottom of Puget Sound and create an underwater reef seemed like a good idea 30 years ago. But now scientists know that tires don"t belong there. Army dive teams are preparing to solve our environmental problem and get themselves some valuable training at the same time. …Source

  • 21 Aug 2008: Don"t let baby whale suffer: Coast experts

    A SEA World marine expert has begged the public to accept that a humane death could be the only solution for "Colin" the abandoned humpback whale calf. Hopes are fading for the calf, which is stranded in Sydney"s Pittwater estuary. The baby whale, believed to be about two to three weeks old, had apparently been abandoned by its mother. …Source

  • 21 Aug 2008: Pacific quest: The dive of a lifetime

    When a BBC team was despatched to find new marine species in Micronesia, the trip gave Kate Humble the chance to dive in some of the world"s most spectacular underwater environments. t is staggering that in 2008 there is still so much that we haven"t discovered. In only a month we"d found more new species than anyone thought possible, and yet we"d barely scratched the surface. Chuuk, Yap and Palau may be truly on the diving map, but who knows how many secrets lie uncovered in those faraway waters of the Pacific? "Pacific Abyss", a three-part series presented by Kate Humble, starts on BBC 1. …Source

  • 20 Aug 2008: Czech scuba diver drowns in Croatia

    A Czech scuba diver died on Croatia"s Pag Island near the village of Stara Novalja Tuesday, Czech consul in Split Veronika Honcova told CTK thus confirming the information published in the Croatian daily Slobodna Dalmacija. Croatian police are establishing the identity of the diver and the cause of the accident in cooperation with Czech bodies. The Croatian Internet servers that informed about the diver"s death, said he was a member of a scuba divers" club from the Czech Republic. …Source

  • 20 Aug 2008: Shipwrecks On Coral Reefs Harbor Unwanted Species

    Shipwrecks on coral reefs may increase invasion of unwanted species, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study. These unwanted species can completely overtake the reef and eliminate all the native coral, dramatically decreasing the diversity of marine organisms on the reef. This study documents for the first time that a rapid change in the dominant biota on a coral reef is unambiguously associated with man-made structures. …Source

  • 20 Aug 2008: New shipwreck discoveries hearken back to War of 1812

    Shipwrecks on coral reefs may increase invasion of unwanted species, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study. These unwanted species can completely overtake the reef and eliminate all the native coral, dramatically decreasing the diversity of marine organisms on the reef. This study documents for the first time that a rapid change in the dominant biota on a coral reef is unambiguously associated with man-made structures. …Source

  • 20 Aug 2008: Burlington Scuba Instructor Honored for Rescue

    More than a year ago, a Burlington scuba diving instructor jumped into the water to save the life of a drowning boy. Tuesday, that instructor was honored with a first-of-its-kind award in Burlington. …Source

  • 20 Aug 2008: Prognosis "grim" for abandoned baby whale

    BLOOD tests on an abandoned baby whale will be carried out while it increasingly shows signs of distress after being separated from its mother. Experts from around the world are increasingly calling for authorities to euthanize the small humpback whale, which is believed to just a few weeks old. The whale was first discovered nuzzling a boat in Pittwater, in Sydney’s north, on Sunday. …Source

  • 20 Aug 2008: Divers Solve D-Day Tanks Mystery

    A team of divers from Southsea Sub-Aqua Club have spent 5 days surveying a local dive site to try to solve the mystery of how 2 tanks, 2 bulldozers and a field gun came to rest on the sea bed 8 miles offshore in Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex. The historic WW2 armoured vehicles and gun lie jumbled up on the sea bed at a depth of 20m but there is no known associated shipwreck nearby. As a result of their work the divers believe they now have the evidence to prove that they were lost from a Landing Craft Tank (LCT) and not from a section of Mulberry Harbour bridge as previously believed. …Source

  • 19 Aug 2008: Lost and alone, Pittwater whale calf seeks its mum

    AN attempt to reunite a lost and confused whale calf with a pod has failed. The baby was originally spotted off the western side of Lambert Peninsula earlier this week. Confused and alone, it was attempting to nuzzle a moored yacht in the mistaken belief it was its mother. The heartbreaking scene in the waters off Pittwater, north Sydney, left National Parks and Wildlife crews fearful for the calf"s future. …Source

  • 19 Aug 2008: Britains 10 best sites for diving and snorkelling

    Stuart Kirby, author of a book on Britain"s top 100 beaches, picks the best coastal spots for bold divers … Read more …

  • 19 Aug 2008: Lifeboat rescues dive party

    Seahouses lifeboat crews braved rough seas to rescue a party of six divers whose boat engine seized off the coast of the Farne Islands. Both Seahouses lifeboats were launched after Humber Coastguard reported that a rigid inflatable boat was adrift. …Source

  • 19 Aug 2008: Diver dies in waters off Rockport

    A 64-year-old diver died during a mishap over the weekend, becoming the third diver to die in the waters off of Cape Ann this summer. The unidentified man — who was not believed to be from Cape Ann — was found on the surface of the water, unconscious and not breathing, while diving off a charter boat yesterday morning. He was about three miles off the coast of Rockport, at a spot near Dry Salvages. The man was diving with four or five others in water that is normally between 37 and 54 feet deep when the mishap occurred around 10:30 a.m., according to Rockport harbormasters Rosemary Lesch and Scott Story. The crew on the Gloucester-based charter boat, the Daybreaker, saw the man having trouble on the surface and rushed over to help. When they got to him, the man was already blue from a lack of oxygen, they told the harbormasters. …Source

  • 19 Aug 2008: Diver featured at museum kickoff

    Diver Wayne Brusate will share details of his adventure diving on the wreck of the Regina which sank in the storm of 1913 during the Port Huron Museum"s kickoff of a new Family Lecture Series. Participants will be able to view recovered artifacts from the vessel and watch a multimedia presentation that details the dive. …Source

  • 19 Aug 2008: Archeologists discover shipwreck remains

    PAPAHANAUMOKUAKEA - Archaeologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently discovered the shipwreck remains of the 1837 British whaling ship Gledstane. The shipwreck was found within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument during a month-long expedition to discover shipwrecks in monument waters. The NOAA dive team discovered a variety of artifacts including four massive anchors, iron ballast, cannons and cannon balls. …Source

  • 18 Aug 2008: Discovery of a new fish species

    In a new BBC series, Kate Humble sets sail on a 2,000-mile adventure across the Pacific with a team of top natural history filmmakers and deep-water marine biologists. During the making of the programme, the team discovered several new fish species. In this clip, Richard Pyle, John Earle and Brian Greene describes some of their finds. Pacific Abyss starts its three-part run on Sunday, 17 August, on BBC One, at 2000 BST …Source

  • 18 Aug 2008: Archaeology students spy on Key Largo shipwreck

    Archaeology students from across the country have delved into the underwater mystery of a steamship that sank more than a century ago off Key Largo. For two weeks, archaeology students pieced together an underwater puzzle of weathered artifacts -- the metal bands of a paddle wheel, a portion of a smokestack, remnants of boiler plates. They mapped and measured these artifacts resting on the ocean"s floor, trying to solve the mystery of the shipwrecked Menemon Sanford, a grand 237-foot side-paddle steamship that sank in 1862 during a secret Civil War mission. …Source

  • 18 Aug 2008: Key West commissioner says artificial reef still a go

    "It isn"t on, it isn"t over," said City Commissioner Bill Verge of plans to sink the USS Hoyt Vandenberg off Key West to create an artificial reef and diving destination. The ship is now docked in Virginia where it will remain at least until hurricane season is over. And then, it"s anyone"s guess. Escalating costs and evaporating finances have stalled the Vandenberg project, and it"s uncertain whether the ship will ever come to Key West. …Source

  • 17 Aug 2008: Enjoy scuba diving in New York state regardless of skill level

    From the St. Lawrence River to Lake Erie, New York state offers perhaps the finest freshwater scuba diving in the country. According to a Sea Grant study, sport divers add more than $108 million annually to the state"s Great Lakes Seaway Trail region. New York is the first state to link its underwater world of historic shipwrecks, glacial geological formations and marine life with two scuba trails called "The Blueway Trail" and the "Dive the Seaway Trail." These trails designate dive sites and "underwater parks"" suitable for all skill levels. …Source

  • 17 Aug 2008: First San Diego was flagship cruiser of Navy's Pacific Fleet

    The armored cruiser San Diego as it appeared in January 1915. The ship, formerly known as the California, was rechristened in San Diego in 1914. The first USS San Diego lies today in 110 feet of water, about 13 miles south of Fire Island Inlet. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is one of the best-known shipwrecks on the East Coast and attracts hundreds of scuba divers each year. …Source

  • 17 Aug 2008: Superior passion: Shipwreck search

    105-years since she's seen sunlight, the shipwrecked A.A. Parker recently received visitors. Divers Ken Merryman and Kraig Smith descended over 200 feet to videotape the vessel and talk about what they discovered …Source

  • 17 Aug 2008: Expedition Finds 1836 Shipwreck

    Scientists on a month-long expedition in the northwestern Hawaiian islands have discovered a 171-year old sunken ship. Divers found the wreckage Wednesday. They say it's the British whaling ship Gledstanes that sank near Kure Atoll in 1837. …Source

  • 17 Aug 2008: Shipwreck from 1837 discovered off Kure Atoll

    The remains of a sunken British whaling ship lost for 171 years have been found off Kure Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. A team of maritime archaeologists discovered the shipwreck Wednesday during an exploratory dive, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration news release. Using a hand-drawn map, a hand-held GPS, historical charts and notes, the archaeologists located the spot where the Gledstanes was thought to have sunk in 1837. "After preliminary surface surveys, one dive and there it was," wrote Dee O'Regan of the National Maritime Historical Society in the team's daily mission blog. Divers came upon a pile of iron ballast and some chain, which led them to a part of the reef where more pieces of the ship were found. …Source

  • 16 Aug 2008: Missing Diver's Body Located

    The body of a missing diver was located by fellow divers underwater after an extensive search by the Coast Guard and Navy crews 38-miles east of St. Augustine, Fla. The crew of the commercial fishing vessel Animal Control sent a second diver in the water who located the missing man's body. The crew radioed the Coast Guard rescue coordinators at Sector Jacksonville for help after the missing diver did not resurface from what was supposed to be a 45-minute dive. …Source

  • 15 Aug 2008: Derek still diving at 78

    At the age of 78, Derek has been scuba diving for four years and will soon be completing the Advanced Open water course. …Source

  • 15 Aug 2008: Dive deep

    MOUNT DESERT — the MDI Historical Society invites the public to hear from local deep-sea divers about what it is like to dive for a living, hauling to the surface scallops, sea urchins, remnants of sailing vessels, and treasures that storms have moved from land to sea. The discussion will be kicked off by “Diver Ed” Monat, a COA graduate and former Bar Harbor harbormaster who now operates the popular “Diver Ed” boat tours and charter cruises to introduce visitors to underwater life off Mount Desert Island. …Source

  • 15 Aug 2008: Young diver feared dead

    The search for a 14-year-old diver who went missing on Tuesday while diving off the Devon coast has been called off. The search for a 14-year-old diver who went missing on Tuesday afternoon while diving off the Devon coast has been called off. Louis Price, from Newport in South Wales, was diving with his father at Berry Head, Devon when he disappeared. Louis Price and his father, who has not yet been named, had been diving from a RIB. The father was the first to surface and the boy was seen to surface shortly after. However, the RIB, which was not carrying a VHF radio, failed to start and was unable to pick up the divers. While calling for help from nearby dive charter boat Jennifer Ann, the boy's father realised his son had disappeared. …Source

  • 14 Aug 2008: Diver, 14, feared dead off Devon coast

    The search for a 14-year-old boy who went missing at sea during a scuba diving trip with his father was called off yesterday, suggesting that rescuers believe there is little chance of his being found alive. Louis Price, from Newport in South Wales, disappeared following a dive at Berry Head, Devon, on Tuesday. He had set out with his father from an inflatable boat. Police said that, after the dive, the father surfaced first and the boy followed soon after, with neither appearing to be in trouble. …Source

  • 13 Aug 2008: Firing of spear gun at Naples Pier cleanup meeting at dive shop leads to arrest

    A man who Collier County Sheriff's deputies say fired a spear gun into a wall after threatening customers at a North Naples dive shop Tuesday was arrested on a felony charge, reports state. Arrest reports say Bousquet was attending a Naples Pier cleanup meeting at Naples Dive Center, 2700 Immokalee Road at approximately 5:45 p.m. Bousquet is a frequent customer at the shop, reports said. …Source

  • 13 Aug 2008: Search for 14-year-old diver continues

    Rescue teams are continuing to search for a 14-year-old diver who went missing off the coast of Devon on Tuesday. The boy had been diving with his father. The pair began surfacing from their dive together until they were 10 metres from the surface. The 14-year-old signalled that he was okay, but when his father reached the surface his son could not be seen. …Source

  • 13 Aug 2008: Teenage diver treated for decompression sickness

    A TEENAGE diver has been airlifted to hospital after suffering from decompression sickness after a dive off North Wales. The 15-year-old was part of a dive group at Puffin Sound, between Penmon and Puffin Island. When he emerged from a dive at 11.20am the teenager from Wakefield, Yorkshire, showed signs of suffering from the bends. …Source

  • 13 Aug 2008: Teenage diver missing off Devon coast

    A 14-year-old diver went missing in the sea off the south coast of Devon yesterday, despite having been just metres away from his father in the water alongside him. A search and rescue operation with police, coastguards, local divers, 20 boats and two helicopters continued until 9pm last night with no success. Divers from Devon and Cornwall police found nothing when they searched the 20 metre deep waters less than 200 meters off Berry Head in Torbay where the boy had disappeared at around 1.15pm. As hope faded for his survival, coastguards said they would decide this morning whether it would be worth resuming the search. The father and son have not been named but were understood to be holidaymakers from Wales. They had been ascending from their dive in stages, a procedure aimed at regulating the pressure in their lungs. They stopped 10 metres from the surface, and the boy gave his father a signal to say he was fine and ready to make the final swim to the surface. But when his father reached the air he looked around him and his son was nowhere to be seen. …Source

  • 12 Aug 2008: Date set for inquest into fatal group dive

    An inquest into the death of a 24-year-old Canadian Forces member who died while scuba diving near the junction of the Petawawa and Ottawa rivers more than two years ago is expected to start at the end of September. Pte. Charles Alex Padulo's body was recovered on April 9, 2006, a few days after he went missing during an organized recreational group dive. The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding the death of Pte. …Source

  • 12 Aug 2008: Divers discover history in Lake Michigan waters

    Most people don’t expect to have any scuba diving experience in Lake Michigan, let alone an exciting one. While diving is usually synonymous with warm, turquoise water and dazzling marine life, scuba divers in the Great Lakes region guard a well-preserved secret. “If you’re diving and you want to see fish you have to go to the tropics,” says Cris Kohl, author of eleven books on the Great Lakes. “But if you want to see the best preserved shipwrecks in the world you have to dive here, because you sure won’t see them in saltwater.” Our lakes boast shipwrecks galore, from smaller tugboats to schooners resting less than one hundred feet below the surface, a treat for adventurous divers willing to tolerate the cold. Although the water temperature is a deterrent for many potential and seasoned divers, it prevents the deterioration of the sunken boats, products of the Great Lakes’ extensive maritime history. …Source

  • 11 Aug 2008: World's Deepest Swimming Pool - Purpose Built for Diving

    Where would you imagine cruising around at 105 feet (33 meters) in warm (91F/33C) crystal clear tropical waters? The Bahamas or Fiji perhaps? How about Belgium? Though not in a typical tropical diving location, you can now do just that at Nemo33, a new swimming pool in Brussels, Belgium that is purpose built for scuba diving. Containing a whopping 2.5 million liters (660,430 gallons) of spring water, and reaching a depth of 33 meters (105 feet), Nemo33 is the world's deepest swimming pool. However, it's more than just a deep swimming pool, it's a scuba diving paradise that was built with the scuba diver in mind. Nemo33 has multiple levels for training and even features tunnels with breathing air so that instructors can talk to their students without having to surface. …Source

  • 11 Aug 2008: Disabled kids learn to scuba dive at Cobalt Coast Dive Resort

    Children with disabilities will get an opportunity to experience the amazing underwater world, thanks to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago, United States of America. Shriners Hospital and the Diveheart Foundation will take up to six young people with spinal cord injuries between the ages of 13 and 21 every summer to a tropical locale to learn the sport of scuba diving. The teens spend three days in the scuba classroom including academic lessons, pool skills and completing ocean dives to learn all they need to know about scuba, the organisers said. Upon completion of the programme, teens will become certified divers and more importantly become more independent in their life skills. …Source

  • 10 Aug 2008: U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuates woman diver from San Miguel Island

    The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 50 year-old-woman from the west side of San Miguel Island Saturday morning after she experienced complications following a dive. At approximately 11:00 a.m. yesterday morning the Coast Guard was notified by the vessel Truth that a woman aboard was complaining of a loss of feeling in her limbs following a dive. A rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles and a 47-foot motor life boat from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands were dispatched to the scene. …Source

  • 10 Aug 2008: Sub to make deep Caribbean dive

    Scientists are set to explore the world's deepest undersea volcanoes, which lie 6km down in the Caribbean. Delving into uncharted waters to hunt for volcanic vents will be Autosub6000, Britain's new autonomously controlled, robot submarine. Once found, the life, gas and sediment around the vents - the world's hottest - will be sampled and catalogued. …Source

  • 9 Aug 2008: Diving Bermuda's newest 'shipwreck'

    Recently scuttled tugboat "Forceful" the island's latest underwater attraction Swimming underwater across an open plain of ash white sand off the South Shore, you gradually begin to make out the faint outline of a great, metal structure resting slightly atilt on the seabed. Submerged 60-feet down in the azure sea beside a blossoming reef wall, a 75-foot tugboat called 'Forceful' has been sunk by a team of local divers. While not as big as many Bermudian shipwrecks, the good news for anyone wanting to dive to the vessel is that it has been placed just a short distance from the 55-foot Tug Boat 'King', making a visit to the two sites an inspirational 40 to 55-minute dive. …Source

  • 9 Aug 2008: Recreational divers to join together at Portage Quarry for a popular scuba-do

    Hundreds of divers and nondivers from all over the country are expected to converge on the Portage Quarry, just south of Bowling Green, for the fourth annual Legends in Scuba Diving Weekend. …Source

  • 8 Aug 2008: Cargo plane makes its final descent

    When the president of Vernor Materials and Equipment saw the plane on an auction site, his first thought wasn’t to repair it, sell it or even fly it. Instead, Kenney Vernor wanted to sink it. Vernor and Hydrosports Scuba Shop owners Mike and Michelle Cryer gathered along the banks of Mammoth Lake as a crew of divers prepared to sink the U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules on Monday. …Source

  • 8 Aug 2008: Diver explores story of offshore sunken steamship

    No one knows its name. And they're not sure when it sunk or even why. But 30 miles off Marco Island in 80 feet of water are the remains of a steam-powered paddle ship that sank many years ago. The Marco Island Historical Society held its monthly meeting Tuesday night at Mackle Park and the keynote speaker was Geoff Fahringer, an historical society member and an instructor for the Public Safety Diving Association. …Source

  • 7 Aug 2008: D-Day tanks found on seabed

    Two Second World War tanks, a lost part of the D-Day landing fleet, have been found on the bottom of the English Channel. Scuba divers discovered the rusting hulks of two Centaur CS IV tanks, complete with heavy guns, on the seabed eight miles off the West Sussex coast. After a seven-month investigation, involving more than 80 dives at the site 65ft down and painstaking archive research, Alison Mayor, a diving instructor, has identified them as two vehicles which fell overboard a landing craft capsized on its way to the Normandy beaches on June 6, 1944. …Source

  • 7 Aug 2008: Shipwreck hunters still search for 'ultimate Grail'

    The recent discovery of a British warship that foundered in Lake Ontario during the American Revolution has many marine history buffs likening the find to the Holy Grail of the Great Lakes. But shipwreck hunters believe the ``ultimate Grail'' of the Lakes is still entombed in the cold, murky depths. Last spring, U. S. wreck enthusiasts Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville located HMS Ontario below the waves of Lake Ontario, not far from the New York shoreline. Kennard's quest to find the watery grave of the Ontario, which was lost with 130 people on board during a powerful gale in 1780, had spanned 35 years. The 64-year-old is one of many to call the 22-gun sloop of war the ``Holy Grail of the Lakes,'' but even he acknowledges the most treasured wreck is still out there. …Source

  • 6 Aug 2008: Snorkelers and Divers Get Their Chance at Oregon Coast Aquarium

    The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering snorkelers and certified divers an opportunity to spend a weekend swimming with the fish and learning about marine life. The Aquarium is partnering with Diving Unlimited International (DUI), a scuba diving equipment manufacturer. …Source

  • 6 Aug 2008: Diver's identity, cause of death in question

    A 48-year-old man who died while diving at Folly Cove on Sunday morning has not yet been identified by law enforcement officials who are investigating the incident. An autopsy on the man was conducted yesterday and his diving equipment was being inspected by the State Police Dive Team. A cause of death has not been determined, Steve O'Connell, spokesman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said yesterday, but "foul play is not suspected." The man was with a group of around 12 people on a dive organized by MASS Diving Inc., a Natick company, 75 feet from shore in water 10 feet deep. …Source

  • 5 Aug 2008: Rescued diver are taken to hospitals

    A 31-year-old scuba diver were hospitalized yesterday after being seriously injured off city beaches. The diver was injured at 10:40 a.m. about a mile west of Mission Beach when she surfaced rapidly after diving to a sunken vessel, the Ruby E, Buchanan said. The woman, who was not identified, complained of pain after surfacing. She was examined by lifeguards in Mission Beach, Buchanan said, then taken for treatment at a San Diego hospital. She was expected to recover. …Source

  • 5 Aug 2008: 'Diver Man' coming up for air

    50-year-old Navy suit to be restored for display at Island museum. He once traveled to the depths of New York Harbor on the backs of ferry repairmen. These days, all he sees are the depths of the Staten Island Museum archives, his home for the past 15 years. But yesterday the over 50-year-old, authentic Navy Mark V Diving Suit, playfully dubbed "Diver Man," finally came up for some air. …Source


    Marine archaeology experts working on an old shipwreck near the mouth of Poole Harbour in Dorset have also uncovered an environmental threat- a type of woodworm normally native to the Mediterranean. The ship is about to be included in a register of UK historic sites that are at risk, which has been compiled by English Heritage. …Source

  • 5 Aug 2008: Underwater treasure

    She was regarded as a fearsome fighting ship – now three years after her sinking off Mudjimba, the HMAS Brisbane is proving one of the big guns of dive tourism. To mark the Perth class guided missile destroyer’s spectacularly explosive sinking off Mudjimba on July 31 2005, Sun Reef Dive Centre led an underwater United Nations of admirers down to her alluring depths. One of the Brisbane’s most ardent fans, Paul White of Sunreef, descended into a beautifully still winter sea with divers from the different parts of the UK, Canada and some awed Aussies from down south. …Source

  • 4 Aug 2008: Diver dies in Folly Cove

    A 48-year-old man died after running into trouble while on a group dive at Folly Cove yesterday morning. His death marked the second weekend in a row that a diver has died in mishaps off the Cape Ann coast. The man was in water about 10 feet deep, 75 feet off the shore, when the other divers with him noticed that he was having problems. The other divers brought the man to shore, where two of them were already performing CPR when police arrived. …Source

  • 4 Aug 2008: Tiverton firefighter dies during water rescue

    Tiverton firefighters are mourning the death of one of their own. Tiverton Fire Chief Robert Lloyd said Gerald Leduc, a 25-year veteran, died Sunday after running into some difficulty while diving in Stafford Pond. Leduc was on a dive-mission, searching for a man who went overboard on Stafford Pond, when he went into cardiac arrest. …Source

  • 4 Aug 2008: 52 years later, ship still takes victims

    It was a graceful ship renowned for its safety. But lying on its side 240 feet below the ocean's surface, the wreck of the Andrea Doria has a much deadlier reputation. After 52 years on the sea floor about 40 miles south of Nantucket, the upper decks of the 697-foot vessel have collapsed onto the ocean floor, creating a labyrinth of debris. At its resting spot near the edge of the continental shelf, the waters are frigid and the currents fierce. Visibility can stretch as far as 75 feet or as little as 10 and can change in an instant. Divers, drawn to the wreck by the aura of one of the world's last luxury liners and the treasures it might hold, call it the Mount Everest of their sport. …Source

  • 4 Aug 2008: Woman Hospitalized After Scuba Diving

    Lifeguard authorities said a 31-year-old woman was hospitalized Sunday after coming to the surface too quickly while scuba diving off Mission Beach. The woman was diving from a commercial dive boat near the Ruby E. wreck around 11 a.m. when she surfaced too quickly and began suffering from breathing problems, Lt. Greg Buchanan said. The diving boat returned her to shore at lifeguard headquarters on Mission Bay, where she was transferred to an ambulance. …Source

  • 3 Aug 2008: N. Idaho divers collect submerged trash

    A group of divers in northern Idaho have started what they hope will be an annual underwater trash collecting day at Lake Coeur d'Alene. The divers on Saturday spent the morning collecting about 500 pounds of submerged trash as part of what they're calling the Underwater and Beach Volunteer Cleanup. …Source

  • 3 Aug 2008: Senior abalone diver helps local nonprofit

    Vernal Kimmey plans to go abalone diving north of Fort Ross, Calif., this week. Then over the weekend, he'll celebrate his 80th birthday. The North San Juan resident has been an avid abalone diver since 1958, and he's a member of the Seahorses diving club in Sacramento. "When conditions are real good, it's just a joy to be in the ocean," Kimmey said. He attributes his diving ability at an advanced age to staying active. …Source

  • 3 Aug 2008: Search Called Off For Missing Diver

    The search for a diver who vanished off Vero Beach during Florida's mini-lobster season has been called off. Ronald Stefens, 63, was reported missing to the U.S. Coast Guard Thursday morning. Late Saturday the search for Stefens was suspended. Stefens, of Jensen Beach, was about 12 miles east of Vero Beach when he failed to return to the boat with the rest of his dive group. More than 25-hundred square miles was searched, but crewmembers from numerous units and agencies were not able to locate him. Saturday, a body matching the description of another missing South Florida diver was found about 10 miles off Haulover Inlet. …Source

  • 3 Aug 2008: Go deep in Wazee Lake

    If you want to say you've gone swimming in the deepest lake in Wisconsin, take a dive into Wazee Lake in Jackson County. Wazee Lake, east of Black River Falls, is 355 feet in its deepest hole. That's more than 100 feet deeper than Green Lake. Of course, the folks near Green Lake will argue that their lake is a natural waterway while Wazee is a restored quarry. Scuba divers and others don't really care about that distinction. Most will tell you that Wazee is the deepest and clearest lake in the state, and they love it. …Source

  • 2 Aug 2008: 1956 shipwreck claims life of Houston diver

    To get a true picture of what Houston diver Terry DeWolf was trying to do when he lost his life exploring the wreck of the Andrea Doria this week, think of touring a museum at least 230 feet from the nearest breathable oxygen and at least 50 miles by water from the nearest hospital. The site, deep in the Atlantic Ocean south of Nantucket, Mass., is the grave of 51 people who lost their lives when the luxury liner collided with another ship and went down more than 50 years ago …Source

  • 2 Aug 2008: World's First Undersea Sculpture Park

    Imagine diving down deep clear water to explore underwater sculpture park that sing the saga of the lost world. Is it hard to believe? Believe it, for the next few minutes you are going to explore this strange sculpture park by Jason de Caires Taylor. Some may find it eerie and some fantastic, but none can neglect them and pass away, for their tide of attraction is stronger to pull you back to the warmth of the sea underneath. …Source

  • 2 Aug 2008: 3 dead, 2 missing in Florida's lobster season

    At least three people have died and two are missing from the two-day recreational season for Florida lobster. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says a man was diving off the Florida Keys Thursday morning when he surfaced in distress and lost consciousness. The man, who was not identified by authorities, died at a hospital. The Coast Guard was also searching for two divers who went missing separately, off Key Biscayne and Vero Beach. …Source

  • 2 Aug 2008: Body found in ocean may be missing diver

    A body found floating in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday morning may be that of a missing diver who disappeared this week during Florida's spiny lobster miniseason, authorities said. …Source

  • 1 Aug 2008: Islamorada Exhibit To Honor History-Making Quadriplegic Diver

    ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys -- Showcasing the unparalleled story of Matt Johnston and his one-of-a-kind dive gear, a "Diving a Dream" exhibit is set to open Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum in Islamorada. Johnston, of Woodbury, Minn., made diving history in November 2006 when he became the first paralyzed scuba diver who breathes through a ventilator to complete two successful ocean dives in the Florida Keys. …Source

  • 1 Aug 2008: Suit filed in scuba death of UA student

    The father of a University of Alabama student who died during a scuba diving class has filed a wrongful death suit against the instructor, who also was charged in the death. Christopher Moore, father of 21-year-old Zachary Moore, sued instructor Allison Rainey Gibson, 44, and the agency that issued her scuba certification. …Source

  • 1 Aug 2008: Diving tragedy wife talks of her torment

    The devastated wife of a missing St Helens man has spoken publicly for the first time of her torment. Tracy Costello's husband Alan vanished during a diving trip in the Red Sea off the Egyptian coast. Three extensive searches have failed to turn up any clues to his whereabouts and 43-year-old Tracy now believes her husband is dead. …Source

  • 1 Aug 2008: Diver's body recovered off Nantucket

    Coast Guard officials announced last night that they had recovered a body believed to belong to a diver reported missing 40 miles south of Nantucket yesterday morning, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said. Coast Guard officials said that they did not know for sure that the body they had recovered belonged to the missing diver, pending identification. Members of the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England were dispatched to the scene after receiving a radio distress call around noon yesterday from a 38-foot commercial diving vessel, the spokeswoman said. The vessel reported that out of 10 divers that went down, only nine had resurfaced at 11 a.m. as expected. The spokeswoman declined to provide further information about the vessel. …Source

  • 1 Aug 2008: The Lobster mini-season claims third diver; two missing

    Another lobster diver died Thursday morning near Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys, marking the third death of the two-day sport lobster season, and authorities were searching for two other missing divers. Lobster diver deaths happen every year, but this mini-season could be one of the deadliest in recent years if the two missing divers are not found. Four divers died in 2006. …Source

  • 1 Aug 2008: Diving into 'hookah rigs'

    The crowds were there in the shallow waters offshore St. Lucie Inlet Wednesday and Thursday. Boats were loaded with divers using tanks, while others snorkeled in shallower depths. But there was one piece of dive equipment seen in surprisingly high numbers during the two-day period — third lungs or "hookahs." Dozens of boats used these unusual-looking pumps. Some are gas-powered. Some are electric. Often they were attached to large floats and sometimes they were carried inside boats. …Source

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