News archive for September of 2008

  • 30 Sep 2008: Kelp makes diving deadlier

    Diver drowned when he was caught by a kelp column that wrapped around his waist and shoulders and held his head five feet under water. He was one of seven abalone divers to die along the coast this year and his death is the second attributed to kelp. His many years of diving experience were worthless against their hold. Since 1987, 71 people have died while abalone hunting along the North Coast. Yet only two were attributed to trouble in kelp beds -- both this year. …Source

  • 30 Sep 2008: VIDEO: Dolphins Try To Rescue Injured Dolphin

    Video shows dolphins trying to save the life of a member of their pod by holding the dolphin up to the surface of the sea. Scientists from the Cetacean Research Institute filmed the amazing sight while carrying out research in the Sea of Japan. Doctor Park Kyum-Joon, researcher at the Cetacean Research Institute,saying, "It"s the world"s first observation of dolphins" trying to save their fellow dolphin from dying, and it"s the world"s first filming of a dolphin dying at sea in natural circumstances." …Source

  • 30 Sep 2008: French diver"s wife shares her grief

    A lull hung over Xlendi this morning and the sea gently lapped the sandy beach, refusing to yield French diving instructor Alain Bollini, who has been missing since Thursday. “The sea has taken my husband’s soul, but I am pleading with the sea to give me his body back,” his 36-year-old wife, Valerie, said, battling to keep her tears back. …Source

  • 29 Sep 2008: Divers explore the depths in two books

    More than a decade after Into Thin Air, adventure lit is still going strong -- even if it"s spin-off adventure lit. Exhibit A: Titanic"s Last Secrets, billed as ""the further adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler,"" who became known in Robert Kurson"s bestseller. The divers also have a TV show, Deep Sea Detectives, on which they solve shipwreck mysteries, although none as mysterious as the one about a German U-boat discovered off the coast of New Jersey that made them famous. …Source

  • 29 Sep 2008: Jumbo jellyfish stuns local diver

    That was snorkeller David Rowland"s initial response when he saw this monster in waters off Port Kembla, soon realising he was thinking the wrong species. It was a super-sized jellyfish, and he wasted no time convincing his daughter Phebe, 9, who was nearby, to pose for a photo. …Source

  • 28 Sep 2008: Friends family of dive shop owner plead for a fair trial

    The sign for murder suspect David Swain’s former dive shop, Ocean State Scuba, stands weathered on North Main Road in Jamestown. …Source

  • 28 Sep 2008: Reno man rescued at Makaha dies

    A Nevada man died today at the Wai"anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center after being pulled from the ocean off Makaha Beach. Police have classified the case as can unattended death pending autopsy findings tomorrow for cause and manner. The man was snorkeling with a tour group off Makaha Beach Park, police said. …Source

  • 27 Sep 2008: Diver joins hunt for historic ship

    A DIVER from Malvern is part of the team that believes it has discovered the wreckage of a famous 18th century ship that smashed on rocks off Cornwall during a violent storm. Robin Burrows, 28, has been an integral part of efforts to locate the wreckage of ten-gun ship the Nancy, which sank in 1784 drowning 49 passengers and crew. …Source

  • 27 Sep 2008: Dahab is still a diver’s haven

    With over 20 unique dive sites in and around the town, warm water and clear visibility, diving conditions in Dahab are superb. Deciding who to dive with, one is spoiled for choice as an assortment of dive shops line Dahab’s boardwalk, catering to a wide selection of nationalities. English, French, Russian, and German-language shops tout trips to the dive-sites and offer courses. …Source

  • 27 Sep 2008: An underwater dreamland

    The untouched coral reefs of Raja Ampat are full of surreal marine life: sea horses smaller than your fingernail and sharks that walk on their fins. Darryl Leniuk treks to Indonesia to discover one of the worlds great little-known diving destinations …Source

  • 26 Sep 2008: Lobster Mania Begins In San Diego

    Another warm weather day in Americas Finest City, and you can bet the beaches will be busy with East County folks trying to escape the heat. Long after the sun goes down Friday, the beaches should be just as crowded as scuba divers gear up and count down the minutes until 12:01 a.m. -- the start of lobster season. It"s an annual parade of wet-suited men and women, donning "bug bags" and underwater flashlights heading under the sea in pursuit of Saturday night"s dinner. …Source

  • 26 Sep 2008: Search for missing diver continues

    The search for a French diving instructor who went missing off Xlendi continued on Friday, following the calling off of Thursday"s search operations due to bad weather. The Armed Forces of Malta have assigned four divers, an AB-212 helicopter, a patrol boat and a rescue launch to the search efforts. Two civilian divers are assisting the AFM in their work. Strong winds are causing difficulties for the search operation. …Source

  • 26 Sep 2008: French diver missing at Xlendi

    A 44-year French diving instructor was reported missing whilst performing a technical dive at Xlendi Bay in Gozo. The diver was reported missing at around 1730CET on Thursday evening, the Armed Forces of Malta said. …Source

  • 25 Sep 2008: Dive Teams Resume Search for Lake Purdy Boater

    Dive Teams have returned to Lake Purdy for the second day to search for a boater who reportedly fell out. …Source

  • 25 Sep 2008: Cleaning Algarve’s ocean floor

    A group of local sports scuba divers volunteered to clean up the ocean floor off two Algarve beaches. As part of the International Clean-up Day 2008, on September 20, scuba divers from Portimao’s Portisub Scuba Diving Club joined members of the Divers Cove, Guadiana Sub and Subnauta Diving Centres, for a mega clean-up operation on the Caneiros and Pintadinho beaches in Lagoa. …Source

  • 25 Sep 2008: Autopsy finds no obvious cause for diver"s death

    An autopsy Monday showed no obvious reason for the death of San Francisco resident Robert T. Stewart, 38, who died Sunday, soon after he got into the ocean to dive for abalone. Stewart was the seventh person to die this year while abalone diving on the North Coast. Stewart drown because he began having trouble before he"d put his head underwater, said Sgt. Mitch Mana of the Sonoma County coroner"s office. …Source

  • 24 Sep 2008: Sea washes up mystery mast at Schoenies

    A MYSTERIOUS mast that washed up at Schoenmakerskop in the giant storm two weeks ago should be protected and exhibited on site as part of a new “shipwreck trail”. …Source

  • 24 Sep 2008: Omega’s brand new limited edition 007 Seamaster Diver 300m to be launched

    The quantum of solace is here! I mean the new James Bond movie and it is not alone. Hitting numero uno position in your what-I-want-the-most list is Omega’s brand new limited edition 007 Seamaster Diver 300m watch to tie in with the release of Quantum of Solace in theatres. …Source

  • 24 Sep 2008: A Japanese tourist has died in New Caledonia following a diving accident

    A Japanese tourist has died in New Caledonia following a diving accident at the Duck Islet resort off the capital Noumea. Oceania Flash newagency reports he had successfully completed his first scuba dive and had resurfaced but then got into difficulty. …Source

  • 23 Sep 2008: Diving Team Inspects Lake Shelbyville Dam

    A diving crew from Lambourne Diving Services, under contract by the US Army Corps of Engineers, came to Lake Shelbyville on Wednesday to examine the structural integrity of the underpinnings of the spillway basin. …Source

  • 22 Sep 2008: Scientists discover ancient reef

    A group of Australian scientists say they have discovered an ancient underwater reef in South Australia"s Flinders Ranges. Scientists from the University of Melbourne say the 650 million-year-old exposed reef is about six kilometres from Arkaroola, 700 kilometres from Adelaide. …Source

  • 22 Sep 2008: Diver dies despite friends" rescue efforts

    A San Francisco man who died while abalone diving Sunday off the Sonoma Coast was identified as Robert T. Stewart, the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office reported Monday. Stewart, 38, was the seventh person this year to die while abalone diving on the North Coast. Early Sunday afternoon, Stewart and two friends had barely started their dive off of the Sea Ranch, when the man had trouble. …Source

  • 22 Sep 2008: Missing diver found

    BATAM - TWELVE days after he went missing at sea, the body of commercial diver Mohammed Borhan Jamal was washed ashore on a small Indonesian island on Sunday afternoon. His body surfaced about 30km away from where he disappeared on Sept 9 at the Eastern Petroleum A Anchorage off the Bedok Jetty. …Source

  • 22 Sep 2008: Search for Polish diver discontinued

    Search has been discontinued for the body of a Polish diver who went missing Saturday while exploring the wreck of the Jan Heweliusz passenger ferry in sea waters near the German town of Bad Bramstedt. The expedition, which he was part of, had strict orders not to penetrate the inside of the huge wreck but the diver had probably disregarded that limitation. …Source

  • 22 Sep 2008: North diver with bends airlifted out

    A 32-year-old Whangarei man has been airlifted to Auckland, suffering from the bends after scuba-diving on the Tutukaka coast. St John Northland district manager Tony Devanney said an ambulance and the rescue helicopter was sent to Matapouri about 12.30pm yesterday, where the man had been diving just off the beach. He was flown to Whangarei Hospital and then transferred to the navy"s decompression chamber in Devonport, Auckland. …Source

  • 21 Sep 2008: Sea Hawk Pro 1000 metres - a genuine diving instrument

    Girard-Perregaux"s sports watch is ready for the most extreme adventures. Developed by luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Girard-Perregaux, the Sea Hawk Pro 1000 metres is distinguished by its performances, cutting-edge technology and in-depth know-how to achieve a water resistance to a depth of 1000 metres for this genuine diving instrument. The watch is now available at exclusive outlets throughout the Middle East. …Source

  • 21 Sep 2008: Diver pulled from ocean critical

    A scuba diver was in critical condition yesterday after being pulled from the ocean off Nanakuli. EMS spokesman Bryan Cheplic said that the man, who was in his 50s, had somehow become separated from other members in his scuba diving party, and was then pulled from the water by bystanders. …Source

  • 21 Sep 2008: Cave diver dies at Jackson Blue

    A Texas man died while diving at Blue Springs Recreational Area near Marianna on Friday, said authorities. Members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office dive team and two other certified cave divers recovered the body of Richard Mork from an underwater cave Friday afternoon, according to a news release from JCSO. Mork and his friend Dan Weyant, both from Texas, both entered the water at Blue Spring at 12:30 p.m. and descended about 2,000 feet through the cave known as Jackson Blue into an area of the cave known as Rabbit Hole, according to JCSO. …Source

  • 21 Sep 2008: Man dies while abalone diving on North Coast

    Authorities say a man died while diving for abalone after falling ill underwater. The Sonoma County Sheriff"s Department says the 38-year-old man on Saturday had complained to his fellow divers that he was not feeling well. After being taken to shore, he fell unconscious and stopped breathing. Medical personnel gave the man CPR. …Source

  • 20 Sep 2008: BFP Kalinga joins Scuba Rescue Course training

    Eight members of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Emergency Medical Services/ Special Rescue Unit (BFP- EMS/SRU) of the province participated in the Kabalikat joint naval forces training on Scuba Rescue Course held from September 1 to 6 at the Western Mindanao Command, Naval Station in Zamboanga City. …Source

  • 20 Sep 2008: Diving deep for cleaner seas

    Divers will plunge to the murky depths of the Pembrokeshire seabed this weekend to retrieve rubbish in the name of conservation. Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners – NARC – is the only group in Wales to support the Marine Conservation Society’s annual Beachwatch clean-up weekend by collecting rubbish underwater. …Source

  • 20 Sep 2008: Man treated for bends after dive. UK

    A diver is being treated for a suspected case of the bends after getting into difficulty in waters off the Isle of Mull. The 47-year-old man had been part of a diving team on board the Silver Swift when he got into trouble at about 1645 BST on Friday. The man was taken by ambulance from Tobermory to Craignure then taken to the mainland by lifeboat. …Source

  • 20 Sep 2008: Medieval Cross Stone Discovered Underwater in Veliki Novgorod

    Underwater archaeologists working on Volkhov River in Veliki Novgorod have found a huge 12th century stone with a cross, which disappeared in the 1960s. The researchers assume it is this stone that was mentioned in the chronicle of the St. George"s (Yuriev) Monastery as a boundary showing the monastery’s territory, as far back as the 1130s. The stone is also mentioned in documents of the 1620s as an indicator of the monastery’s fishing areas. …Source

  • 19 Sep 2008: Local diver seeks underwater park in PA

    An underwater dive park inside the Port Angeles harbor could be a reality in another year. Long-time diver, water sports enthusiast and local businessman Bill Roberds sees an opportunity for a new recreation area in Port Angeles. The proposed park would be located inside Ediz Hook, at an area owned by the Department of Natural Resources. The dive group would team up with DNR to clean up derelict structures and trash, mark the area with buoys, and put down structures to develop some artificial reefs to attract fish. It would be a no-fishing zone. …Source

  • 19 Sep 2008: German divers set underwater table football record

    Teams of German divers spent a total of 30 hours playing table football under water in a giant glass aquarium in the town of Kassel to set a new world record, the organizer said on Wednesday. Harald Foeste, the head of the Kassel diving and water sports centre, said there were 60 teams with two divers on a side playing the 30-minute matches that lasted a total of 30 hours from Monday until late on Tuesday. …Source

  • 18 Sep 2008: Diving, Morehead communities suffer a loss

    George Purifoy of Morehead City spent the last hours of his life on a dive at the site of one of the area"s famous shipwrecks - a poignant end for a man known as a pioneer in North Carolina wreck diving. According to accounts from those who knew him, Purifoy, 63, collapsed on board his boat during a dive at the Queen Anne"s Revenge shipwreck site and couldn"t be resuscitated. …Source

  • 18 Sep 2008: Aqua Lung America Recalls Apeks Scuba Diving Regulators

    Qqua Lung America is recalling about 25,000 Apeks Second Stage Scuba Regulators. This recall involves Apeks TX, ATX, and XTX second stage regulators that have never been serviced. Apeks and TX, ATX, or XTX is printed on the regulator. …Source

  • 18 Sep 2008: Divers, Treasures and the ship of "Britney Spears".

    Two British divers Ed Cumming and Todd Stevens claim to have found the Nancy, which was smashed on rocks off Cornwall in a storm in 1784. The shipwreck might contain more than пїЎ200,000 of jewels. … Read more …

  • 17 Sep 2008: National try dive event

    BSAC branches across the UK are introducing many thousands of people to scuba as part of this years national try dive event. BSAC branches across the UK are introducing many thousands of people to scuba as part of this years national try dive event. Running throughout the whole of September, participants are charged ВЈ10 for a lesson in the pool with a qualified BSAC instructor. To find out more information about Try Dive with BSAC 2008 phone the club free on 0500 947 202 or check out the website and register online …Source

  • 17 Sep 2008: Diver who drowned from Arizona

    An abalone diver who drowned after becoming caught in kelp Friday afternoon off the coast near Sea Ranch was identified Monday as Richard K. Baer of Scottsdale, Ariz. Baer, was a former Coast Guard rescue crewman who was an experienced diver and surfer. …Source

  • 16 Sep 2008: Diver still missing off Treasure Island

    A diver missing since Thursday evening off Treasure Island beach in Laguna Beach has still not been found. The missing diver has been identified as John S. Park, 29, of Buena Park, said Laguna Beach Police. A massive search was called shortly after friends reported Park missing at 7:11 p.m. Sept. 11. He was “free diving” without scuba tanks while spearfishing with two friends. It is unlikely Park was carried off by a great white shark, which have been seen in local waters. He may have been swept into an underwater cave, but divers searched the underwater caves and found nothing. …Source

  • 16 Sep 2008: Navy to christen ship named for first black Master Diver

    SAN DIEGO, CA – The Navy on Thursday will launch and christen the ship named for Carl Brashear, a Va. Beach man who made history by becoming the service’s first black Master Diver. Brashear was the subject of the 2000 movie "Men of Honor" starring Cuba Gooding Jr. …Source

  • 15 Sep 2008: Scuba divers" holiday heartbreak

    A Party of scuba dive enthusiasts today told of their bitter disappointment after their once in a lifetime trip to Egypt was cancelled following the collapse of one of the UK"s biggest tour operators. The 11-strong group from Ipswich only discovered that their ВЈ1,500 scuba diving holiday had been shelved when they tried to check in at Gatwick airport yesterday morning. …Source

  • 15 Sep 2008: Norman Owen

    Diver who had to cut off his own fingers and, during the siege of Malta, saved a tanker under heavy fire. …Source

  • 14 Sep 2008: Abalone diver dies off Sea Ranch

    An abalone diver apparently drowned off Sea Ranch on Friday afternoon, the sixth person to die in pursuit of the mollusk on the North Coast this year. The victim’s identity was not available. …Source

  • 14 Sep 2008: Hurricane Ike: Son wearing Scuba gear heads to help mom in Galveston

    Oren Dorell found Matthew DeMyers walking through LaMarque, Texas, this afternoon in full Scuba gear. "I"m going to Galveston, my mom lives there," the 22-year-old student says, adding that he hasn"t heard from her since 5 a.m. ET. DeMyers, who was carrying his flippers, says he plans to get to the Gulf Coast by "walking, swimming, however." …Source

  • 13 Sep 2008: Abalone diver drowns at Sea Ranch

    An abalone diver apparently drowned in the ocean waters off Sea Ranch on Friday afternoon, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff’s and Cal Fire emergency crews responded to a report of an abalone diver said to be unconscious and without a pulse about 4 p.m. Early reports indicated the diver may have become separated from his two diving buddies and was missing before friends located and pulled the diver from the ocean. …Source

  • 13 Sep 2008: Coast Guard Suspends Search For Laguna Beach Diver

    The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search today for a man who was spear fishing with two companions when he disappeared in the ocean off Aliso Creek, but local lifeguard dive teams continued combing the waters. The man was reported missing about 6:20 p.m. Thursday night. A Coast Guard helicopter and 41-foot-patrol boat, joined by an Orange County fire boat, searched until darkness. …Source

  • 12 Sep 2008: Czech diver dies in Croatia, diversВґ team fined, its head expelled

    Zagreb/Prague - A Croatian court today fined members of a Czech scuba diving expedition in Croatia for breaching the local scuba diving law, a decision that has nothing to do with the death of the teamВґs photographer earlier this week, Czech diplomatic sources have told CTK unofficially. …Source

  • 12 Sep 2008: Fishermen cleared on charge of killing diver

    PINGTUNG, Taiwan -- A judge has exonerated a fisherman for alleged manslaughter after determining th e outboard motor of the man"s plastic raft had accidently struck and killed a diver off the coast of Kenting National Park in southern Pingtung County. The mishap took place in February 2006 when a man surnamed Pan was enjoying a diving session along with two friends. …Source

  • 12 Sep 2008: Mail reporter cleans tank at Sea Life Centre

    MOST window cleaners have seen untold eye-opening situations from the top of their ladders. But few will have witnessed anything as blue as the sight that greeted a team of volunteer underwater washers in landlocked Birmingham. Because the nine scuba diving members of Scubaction have the weirdest window cleaning job in town. Their task is simple – to descend into the underwater world at the city’s Sea Life Centre to keep the giant tank spick and span. Oh, and try to ignore the sharks and turtles keeping them company while they work. …Source

  • 11 Sep 2008: Aqua Lung Recalls Scuba Regulators and Adapters

    Aqua Lung is recalling about 6,000 Titan DIN 1st Stage Scuba Regulators and Titan/Conshelf DIN Scuba Adaptors. Over-tightening of the DIN retainer by a technician during installation can result in the retainer breaking under pressure, a rapid escape of air from the scuba cylinder, and the regulator detaching from the scuba cylinder. This poses a drowning hazard to divers. …Source

  • 11 Sep 2008: Divers find 100-year-old shipwreck in Lake Baikal

    NOVOSIBIRSK, September 11 (RIA Novosti) - Divers in Irkutsk have discovered an ancient ship that sank over 100 years ago on the bottom of Siberia"s Lake Baikal, a team member said on Thursday. The ship, thought to have been built in the late 18th or early 19th century, was found in the southern part of the lake at the depth of around 30 meters. The vessel"s hull, constructed without iron nails, is 16 m (52 feet) long, 5 m (16 feet) wide and 4 m (13 feet) deep. There is a hole in the right side of the hull and divers believe the ship sank during a storm. They also discovered suspected human remains. …Source

  • 10 Sep 2008: U.S. military dive team maps site of 1942 plane crash in N.L. harbour

    An U.S. military dive team is spending this month in Newfoundland mapping the site of a plane crash that occurred in the harbour in Botwood 66 years ago. The group, known as the Joint Prisoner of War-M.I.A. Accounting Command, is based out of Hawaii. It conducts humanitarian missions around the world to recover remains of American personnel lost during military missions. …Source

  • 10 Sep 2008: Diver reported missing

    A Maltese diver was reported missing by members of his family this afternoon after he failed to return from a dive. The diver left on board a boat in St Paul"s Bay in the morning. The AFM located his boat off Paradise Bay but a search which involved army divers, produced no result. …Source

  • 10 Sep 2008: Turkish Diplomat Opens Underwater Photo Exhibition At U.N. Building

    UNITED NATIONS - A Turkish diplomat has opened an underwater photo exhibition titled "Colors of Seas from Lens of a Diplomat" at United Nations building. Cagatay Erciyes, undersecretary in Turkey"s permanent representation at UN, told reporters on Tuesday that he had been diving since he was a child, and he started to take underwater photos six years ago. This is the first ever underwater photo exhibition opened at UN. …Source

  • 10 Sep 2008: UK. First underwater view of Northern Ireland coastline unveiled

    A European funded project to survey the seabed off the northern coast of Ireland, has revealed some spectacular results. Parts of the seabed which have not been surveyed since Victorian times, are providing some spectacular results, showing underwater cliffs, reefs, caves and what may have been a lagoon. The wreck of a ship which sank in 1918 has also been discovered. The survey operations started in November last year and vessels using modern multi-beam echo sounding technology have been surveying a 3 nautical mile coastal strip westward from Country Antrim, around Rathlin Island to Inishtrahull Island off Donegal. Those results have now been collated into a graphical display and the data gained will be used to provide more accurate navigational charts and to study the topography of the sea floor. …Source

  • 10 Sep 2008: Scientists invent software to explore shipwrecks

    A computer simulation developed in Hull which allows people to explore the underwater remains of shipwrecks has been unveiled. Computer scientists at the University of Hull have created a 3D simulator which people can navigate under the waves to get a virtual glimpse of sunken ships and their cargo. …Source

  • 10 Sep 2008: Norwegian court rejects lawsuit by divers

    A Norwegian court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by nearly 20 divers who claim their health was seriously damaged from working at extreme depths during oil exploration in the North Sea three decades ago. The Oslo District Court said the government could not be held legally responsible for the divers" health problems because they were not directly employed by the government at the time. The divers had sought a total of 277 million kroner (US$49 million) in damages. Scores of so-called pioneer divers were sent to extreme, sometimes experimental depths while working on offshore oil installations in the 1970s and 1980s, according to a government commission that studied the case. Some of them have complained of lung and brain damage. …Source

  • 10 Sep 2008: Body of the missing diver found

    A Maltese diver reported missing on Monday has been found dead in Paradise Bay. The body of 43-year-old Frank Baldacchino of Mellieha was found at Paradise Bay by the AFM at around 0700CEST. The AFM had deployed a helicopter, a patrol boat and divers to search for him shortly after he was reported missing by his family at 1945CEST on Monday. …Source

  • 9 Sep 2008: Dive team searches for artifacts from 1908 Saskatchewan river disaster

    A Saskatoon dive team is searching for a sunken treasure of old champagne bottles, fine china and giant sternwheel spokes from the last steamboat to sail through the city on the South Saskatchewan River. The fire department"s water rescue team, with help from an archeologist, is diving each day this week to try to recover lost century-old artifacts from the S.S. City of Medicine Hat. The luxury ship crashed into a Saskatoon bridge and sank in 1908. …Source

  • 9 Sep 2008: Drowned diver left $60 000 to Chatham High School

    Kevin Coughlin, a 1973 Chatham High School graduate who was a self-employed real estate developer, died about year and a half ago in a diving accident off of Key Largo, Fla. …Source

  • 8 Sep 2008: Missing Polish diver has probably died

    Missing Polish diver has probably died in eastern Indonesian sea. …Source

  • 8 Sep 2008: Hidden treasures in Lake Travis

    A television set, a tire, a miniature clock with two gold rings tucked inside, a portable toilet and a kite were among the thousands of items collected by more than 700 scuba divers during the 14th Annual Lake Travis Underwater Cleanup Sunday morning. In addition to the eight dive sites around the lake, during the events, another 300 shoreline volunteers gathered trash in nine parks that surround the lake. …Source

  • 8 Sep 2008: World"s Most Expensive Champagne at $275,000 a Bottle

    Some vintage 1907 Heidsieck champagne that"s been sitting on the bottom of the ocean for the past 80 years is being sold for $275,000 a bottle at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow. Over 200 bottles of the long-lost, perfectly-preserved bubbly were salvaged from a shipwreck off the coast of Finland, Russian newspaper Komersant reports. At the time of the accident in 1916 the wine was on its way to the Russian Imperial family. …Source

  • 7 Sep 2008: Hero husband Brendan Jolly dies in reef dive tragedy

    A MAN who saved a young woman when she was crushed by a falling tree nine years ago and then married her has died in a north Queensland diving accident. Brendan Jolly, 30, a former Sunshine Coast builder, was commercial-diving with an air hose near Green Island, off Cairns, on Thursday when it is believed his oxygen supply failed. …Source

  • 7 Sep 2008: Missing Polish diver feared dead in eastern Indonesian sea

    Jakarta - Search teams failed to find any sign of a Polish tourist who went missing eight days ago while scuba diving off the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua, local media reports said Sunday. Kemal Abbas, chief of the Cenderawasih Bay National Park, said Robert Zsupuru, along with 10 other Polish tourists, left for the Auri Islands, near Matas Island off the Papua province August 27. …Source

  • 6 Sep 2008: Visiting divers assist in near drowning on West Lake

    Two visiting divers from Aberdeen are credited with helping bring two struggling young men to shore on Saturday evening in a near drowning scare on West Lake Okoboji. Divers Dr. Mark Voss and Kevin Vaughn, a member of the Aberdeen Dive team, had just completed a dive and were putting their equipment away when they noticed a pair of young men in trouble. A 911 call was made, and the divers went out to see if they could assist the victims. Upon arrival, one of the young men was clearly exhausted and unable to swim so the divers assisted the victim to shore. In the meantime, the other victim slipped below the surface of the water. One diver remained in the area completing a brief surface search using goggles and a snorkel while waiting for his dive gear to come to the end of the dock. …Source

  • 6 Sep 2008: Diver dies at quarry after chest pains

    Members of the diving fraternity were shocked by the death of an avid diver from Johannesburg after he suffered chest pains at the Miracle Waters diving quarry outside Brits. Allan Wynn (approximately 50 years of age) was at the diving quarry with two foreign students on Saturday and had already left the water after diving when he collapsed. A doctor who was three metres away from him when it happened tried to help and an emergency medical service was also called but there was nothing they could do. He had already died. …Source

  • 6 Sep 2008: Workers dive deep into tunnel system to clean out debris

    It is one of Milwaukee’s most dangerous and dirty jobs, but someone has to do it every three to four years. Divers - dressed in full, heavy rubber dry suit, gloves, boots and metal helmets - took turns last week working brief shifts more than 300 feet below the surface of the Jones Island sewage treatment plant. Each walked with no visibility into a 10 foot in diameter pipe filled with a mix of sewage and water. …Source

  • 6 Sep 2008: World traveler, 28, died doing what he loved

    Perhaps no one will ever know how Daniel Starr died. But there are many who knew how he lived. A world traveler and avid scuba diver, Starr had visited 57 countries. His passion was scuba diving, especially exploring the murky depths around the Philippines. The 28-year-old Palos Hills man was four days into a 10-day trek through the Himalayas when he was found dead Aug. 12 in a hotel room in Nepal. …Source

  • 6 Sep 2008: Rescue Dive Training in Lowndes County

    Lake Park, GA The Lowndes County Rescue Dive Team swims blindly through South Georgia"s black water to save lives. Being on the dive team may seem like fun volunteer work, but it"s actually a very serious job. Chris Lankford, Lowndes Co. Rescue Dive Chief says, "Everybody looks at us and says, "Being on the dive team is a fun thing." Dive team is not a fun thing. We"re not recreational divers." …Source

  • 6 Sep 2008: Divers to clean up St. Clair

    Today a group of area volunteers, will join thousands of other scuba divers in underwater cleanup projects taking place all over the world. Red Devil Scuba Supplies of Chatham is sponsoring the event for the 3rd year in a row, to take place in Port Lambton on the St. Clair River, one of the favourite dive spots for area divers. The event involves divers and shoreline volunteers of all ages. Red Devil Scuba is working with the Project AWARE Foundation, which spearheads global underwater cleanups during International Cleanup Day. …Source

  • 5 Sep 2008: 2 dead, 9 missing following Senegalese shipwreck

    n army spokesman says a fishing vessel capsized in the sea off the coast of Senegal, killing at least two people. Col. Ousmane Sarr says nine people are still missing and are feared dead. Only three survivors were found of the 14 aboard the Artemis, the fishing trawler which capsized early Wednesday. …Source

  • 5 Sep 2008: Ocean ruins draw divers

    Decompression dive of an intact Second World War wreck isn"t for beginners or the faint of heart. …Source

  • 5 Sep 2008: The Underwater Archaeological Preserves

    In 1987, Florida began to develop a statewide system of underwater parks featuring shipwrecks and other historic sites. The shipwreck preserves have become popular attractions for skin and scuba diving visitors to witness a part of Florida"s history first-hand. They contain not only interesting archaeological features, but also an abundance of marine life that make the parks living museums in the sea. …Source

  • 4 Sep 2008: Coast Guard officials call off search for missing diver

    The U.S. Coast Guard has called off a search for a diver who went missing Saturday afternoon about 13 miles southeast of Pensacola Pass, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Shawn McGivern. …Source

  • 4 Sep 2008: To Stanley from Flo - diver"s find tells of wartime tragedy

    HMS Opal, a Royal Navy destroyer, was battling through ferocious seas off the Orkney coast during one of the worst blizzards the island had ever experienced. Deep in its engine room, Stanley Cubiss and his shipmates were struggling to keep the vessel on course. On his finger was a ring, a last link to the wartime bride he would never see again. Last year, however, a party of divers from Liverpool visited Windwick Bay to explore the wrecks. One of them, Peter Brady, found a gold band on the seabed, and yesterday he was one of several people attending a ceremony on the island of Hoy, when the ring was presented to the Lyness Interpretation Centre, which tells the story of Scapa Flow during the two World Wars, where it will be displayed. …Source

  • 4 Sep 2008: San Jose scuba diver dies after P.G. rescue

    An experienced San Jose scuba diver died Saturday after he was found unconscious in waters off Coral Street Beach in Pacific Grove. Frank Martinez, 52, was pronounced dead at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula after being discovered by a kayaker, authorities said. The death appears to have been an accident, said Deputy Dan Robison of the sheriff"s coroner"s division. …Source

  • 4 Sep 2008: Oldest Skeleton in Americas Found in Underwater Cave?

    Deep inside an underwater cave in Mexico, archaeologists may have discovered the oldest human skeleton ever found in the Americas. Dubbed Eva de Naharon, or Eve of Naharon, the female skeleton has been dated at 13,600 years old. If that age is accurate, the skeleton—along with three others found in underwater caves along the Caribbean coast of the YucatГЎn Peninsula—could provide new clues to how the Americas were first populated. …Source

  • 4 Sep 2008: Explorers Club Flag Expedition creates world"s first underwater biodiversity map

    The Explorers Club Flag Expedition to Grand Bahama is part of a worldwide campaign by scientists aimed at raising awareness about the value of coral reefs and motivating people to take action to protect them. Dubbed the International Year of the Reef, the campaign is designed to address the key threats to these unique ecosystems - over-fishing, pollution and coastal development. The goal of the Peterson Cay expedition was to produce a map, but not just any old map. What the explorers created was an incredibly rich biodiversity map of the reef systems around the island. A map that combines layers of information from aerial photographs, satellite images, geographic information and global positioning systems, as well as underwater surveys. …Source

  • 4 Sep 2008: NZ hunt underway for seal-killing dogs

    A hunt is underway in New Zealand for a pack of dogs that savaged and ate alive 19 seal pups in two attacks on a beach on the north island. Jonathan Maxwell, Department of Conservation Kaitaia manager, said his staff had checked the seals at Shipwreck Bay, Ahipara, just an hour before the first reported attack last week. …Source

  • 3 Sep 2008: Diver"s family told of body find

    The parents of a 14-year-old boy who went missing following a diving trip in Devon have been informed a body has been found. Louis Price, from Newport, south Wales, went missing after diving with his father off Berry Head last month. A member of the public reported an object in the water near the breakwater at Brixham at about 1300 BST on Monday. A body has been recovered and the coroner informed. …Source

  • 3 Sep 2008: Dive Planner for iPhone

    When you first start diving, dive tables are a key tool in your portfolio--they tell you how long you can stay at a given depth, and more importantly, how long you can stay at a given depth on subsequent dives. Dive tables are useful as backups, as dive computers can and do occasionally fail. So what"s this have to do with the iPhone and iPod touch, you may wonder? Thanks to PunkStar Studios" Dive Planner, divers now have an electronic alternative to the dive tables. …Source

  • 2 Sep 2008: Crews hope to hook lost fishing gear

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Teams of scuba divers are planning to take to California"s coastal waters this fall to catch abandoned crab pots, nets and other fishing gear that biologists say pose a threat to marine life. The cleanup crews will focus on areas up to a half-mile offshore, working to remove old fishing lines and hooks from piers and using unmanned submersibles to clear lost traps from the open ocean …Source

  • 2 Sep 2008: Diver runs out of air off Point Loma

    Paramedics rushed two scuba divers to UCSD Medical Center for treatment in a special chamber after they were forced to make a dangerously fast ascent from a depth of 70 to 75 feet Saturday afternoon off Point Loma, San Diego city lifeguards and firefighters reported. The two divers, a man and a woman believed to be in their mid-30s, were diving about one to two miles off the point when the male diver ran out of air, said lifeguard Sgt. John Everhart. His dive partner aided him in breathing as they made their way back to the surface, but they had to make their ascent so fast that it put them both in danger, said Everhart. …Source

  • 2 Sep 2008: Diver rescued off Cork coast

    A diver missing off Roches Point in Co. Cork has been rescued. A major search operation was launched when the diver"s companion reported him missing earlier today. The Ballycotton and Crosshaven RNLI lifeboats and the Coastguard helicopter, based in Waterford, were launched. The missing diver was quickly found and safely taken from the water. …Source

  • 1 Sep 2008: Sea Lions Sink Boat

    Sea lions without fear of humans might entrance sailors who pass through the Galapagos, and delight tourists who see them in anywhere in the world, but the locals in California are saying "Enough is Enough", when there are so many of them they start sinking the boats they sleep on. Sea lions are turning into unwelcome guests in Newport Beach harbor where the animals like to use moored boats to sunbathe on. Trouble is, they"re too heavy. Thursday night, the weight of a pair of basking sea lions sank a 24-foot wooden boat, forcing officials to haul the vessel back to the surface. …Source

  • 1 Sep 2008: Three women injured as boat flips

    Three women were injured when a dive boat overturned while it was being backed into the sea in north Norfolk. One casualty with spinal injuries was taken by air ambulance to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital after the incident at Sea Palling. The two others were taken to hospital, one in an ambulance, the other by car. The incident happened as dive boat Motley Crew was being backed into the water with seven members of a Hemel Hempstead dive club on board. …Source

  • 1 Sep 2008: New Digital Diving TV Offering Creates A Splash As The Launches

    London, England -- The (UWC) is launching a new free to watch TV channel available globally on your computer and the worldwide web starting on September 1, 2008. The UWC will feature professionally produced video from international underwater filmmakers covering a broad range of subjects from natural history, wreck diving and cave diving, marine conservation, expeditions, creature encounters, and scuba adventure. …Source

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