News archive for October of 2008

  • 31 Oct 2008: Diving death remains a mystery

    The devastated father and brother of a Haverfordwest woman who died after collapsing while scuba diving in Phuket, Thailand, in April, told an inquest that they still had no satisfactory explanation of what happened. She had visited many parts of the world and taught diving on organised diving holidays abroad, during which she made many friends whom she met up with on successive organised trips. …Source

  • 30 Oct 2008: Diver gets treatment after suffering from bends

    A crayfish diver has been airlifted to Devonport Naval Hospital for treatment after suffering from the bends. The 31-year-old went to the Te Kaha medical centre in eastern Bay of Plenty yesterday when he began suffering the effects of the bends after diving in the morning. …Source

  • 30 Oct 2008: Government calls for investigation into abandoned diver incident

    The Government is ordering immediate investigation of the incident involving an abandoned diver off the coast of Vanua Levu. Initial reports say that a 40-year-old German tourist had to swim for about 12 hours before reaching land. Ministry of Tourism Acting Director, Ratu Manoa Malani, questioned the logic of the diving trip at Rainbow Reef near Viani Bay in Vanua Levu. …Source

  • 29 Oct 2008: Dive in and find a ‘09’ treasure

    Take the plunge this November and discover a hidden treasure of new registrations as millions of ‘09’ plates are revealed. The latest series opens up a whole new world of personalised registrations to explore from Tuesday, November 10 – three weeks ahead of their on sale date of December 2. And, with a little imagination, someone with a passion for scuba diving might wish to splash out on FR09 MEN. With several million possible combinations, there is sure to be something that will appeal to most tastes. Damian Lawson, marketing manager for DVLA Personalised Registrations, commented: “A great number of our ‘09’ customers will purchase them to put on a new vehicle next March. Our three week viewing period allows our customers time to have fun and find the registration that best matches them and their vehicles”. …Source

  • 29 Oct 2008: Round Britain sailor raises huge amount for RNLI

    A Falmouth man linked by family to a dramatic rescue in North Wales in 1859 has raised a massive £20,000 for the RNLI. Andy Birchall circumnavigated Britain to salute the charities past and present lifeboat volunteers after researching the story of his great, great Grandfather who lost his life in a shipping tragedy off Anglesey. Andy is a life governor of the RNLI and lives near Falmouth. The money will be used to support the training of twenty volunteer RNLI crew members for a year. …Source

  • 28 Oct 2008: Left-behind diver was swimming for 12 hours

    Left-behind diver was swimming for 12 hours A German tourist was fighting for his life for about 12 hours in shark-infested waters off Fiji near Vanua Levu, after their daily diving trip went wrong. … Read more …

  • 26 Oct 2008: Unconscious diver was left dangling from helicopter### Diver Search Turns to Recovery ### US diver accused of killing his wife in Qld

    Unconscious diver was left dangling from helicopter### Diver Search Turns to Recovery ### US diver accused of killing his wife in Qld … Read more …

  • 23 Oct 2008: The search of missing Virginia diver continues.

    Crews continue to search for missing Virginia diver. They were patrolling the Charles County Maryland shore of the Potomac River late Tuesday night after a specific signal was heard that may be an emergency beacon carried by a police officer who disappeared during a training dive session about three miles away in Pohick Bay Virginia. … Read more …

  • 22 Oct 2008: The DEMA show 2008 opens today. This is the biggest scuba diving event this year.

    It is the only international trade-only event for scuba-diving professionals who've gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada in order to combine business, pleasure, education and diving. More than 11,500 participants from around the world, more than 650 exhibits featuring the leading dive equipment manufacturers, travel destinations, water sports apparel, and services. … Read more …

  • 22 Oct 2008: Teacher died while scuba diving at Scapa Flow in Orkney. ### Newfoundland, Vancouver Island declared as one of the world's great dive sites. ### Police Officer dissapeared during diving training.

    Teacher died while scuba diving at Scapa Flow in Orkney. ### Newfoundland, Vancouver Island declared as one of the world's great dive sites. ### Police Officer dissapeared during diving training. … Read more …

  • 21 Oct 2008: Scuba diver's death is being investigated.

    The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the death of a woman who suddenly died while scuba diving last weekend.Andrea Coyle, 61, of Pensacola was airlifted by helicopter to Gulf Breeze Hospital, where she died, Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Scott Haines reported. … Read more …

  • 20 Oct 2008: Diver from USA died after an accident beside Snake Island near Nanaimo on Saturday.### Rescued diver died in hospital. ### New technology to save divers' lives

    Diver from USA died after an accident beside Snake Island near Nanaimo on Saturday.### Rescued diver died in hospital. ### New technology to save divers' lives … Read more …

  • 19 Oct 2008: Albion man died during diving for urchin.### UK. Diver died after being airlifted to hospital.

    Albion man died during diving for urchin 51-year-old diver Paul Hartley of Albion drowned Thursday afternoon near Salmon Beach. A commercial urchin diver was diving for urchins with the F/V Sunshine when he was found dead near the boat at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Mendocino County Sheriff’s officials said. He was dragged on board by the skipper, who called for help and began CPR. Hartley is the 13th person who died in waters off the coast of Sonoma and Mendocino counties this year. UK. Diver died after being airlifted to hospital A diver was airlifted to hospital this morning after surfacing from a dive unconscious off Portland Bill. Unfortunately the diver died later in the day. Portland Coastguard received a message at 9.37am from the boat called Shiraz who reported that they were trying to recover an unconscious man from the water east of Grove Point near Portland. Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 106 flew to the dive boat and other dive vessels in the area also proceeded in order to recover other divers from the water at the time. The unconscious scuba diver was airlifted to Dorset County Hospital and was taken by a team from Accident and Emergency. On its return, the dive boat was met by Portland Bill Coastguard Rescue Officers. Unfortunately the male diver was later declared deceased by staff at the hospital. … Read more …

  • 16 Oct 2008: Survivor of U-boat attack is laid to rest in sunken battleship in which 800 of his comrades died

    When three torpedoes from a German U-boat smashed in quick succession into HMS Royal Oak in the early hours of October 14, 1939, the result was devastating. The wreck of the 29,000-ton battleship lies on the harbour bed at Scapa Flow, Orkney. Mr Fernleigh, who died from thrombosis aged 88 in May, was desperate to return to the remote Scottish anchorage to pay final tribute to his fallen comrades. But he was unable to make the 600-mile journey from his home in Peterborough. After his death, close friend and neighbour Patrick Lyons arranged for him to receive the final farewell he wanted. His ashes were buried on Monday by a team of Royal Navy divers from nearby Faslane submarine base. They took the casket down to the wreck as part of their annual dive to replace the ship's ensign. …Source

  • 15 Oct 2008: Diver who died had heart disease

    Existing heart problems contributed to the death of a 57-year-old Iowa man who died while preparing to scuba dive near Kaka"ako Waterfront Park last week, according to the city medical examiner"s office. The cause of death for William Cooey of Dubuque, Iowa, was listed as near drowning with other contributing causes being ischemic heart disease, diabetes and hypertension, the office said yesterday. …Source

  • 14 Oct 2008: Heroic instructor saved diver's life

    A 60-YEAR-OLD man survived a SCUBA diving incident at Queenscliff after a "heroic" dive instructor found him unconscious in the water. …Source

  • 14 Oct 2008: Iowan dies while diving in Hawaii

    A Dubuque man has died while diving in Hawaii. The family of William Cooey says the 57-year-old man was preparing to go scuba diving on Oct. 5 when a wave surge caught him by surprise. He died from his injuries two days later at a hospital in Honolulu. …Source

  • 13 Oct 2008: Man dies on Gozo dive

    Notary Damian Schembri, 44, of Balzan, died after he found himself in difficulty during a dive at Dwejra in Gozo on Thursday morning, police sources said. A postmortem examination will be held today. The sources said that Dr Schembri was diving with an instructor when the latter realised that something was wrong with the man. They surfaced and he was rushed to Gozo"s General Hospital where he died a while after he was admitted. …Source

  • 12 Oct 2008: Portraits of cave divers - new book

    "Diving Into Darkness: A True Story of Death and Survival" by Phillip Finch Cave diving, as other "extreme" sports, carries with it the heightened risk of serious injury or death. It"s not for amateurs, but as Finch explains, its not for macho thrill-seekers, either, because of the technical detail and careful planning that must be attended to. Finch, a cave diver himself, chronicles the lives of two men compelled to dive: one who makes it his mission to retrieve the body of a fellow diver who died 10 years earlier, and his friend and supporter. One dies in the attempt; the other nearly dies. The fatal dive is pretty compelling stuff, but Finch"s style gets a little flat or slips into cliches in places. Finch explains gas mixtures and depth calculations clearly without getting overly technical. For readers interested in true stories of peril, this one delivers. …Source

  • 11 Oct 2008: Three divers suffer the bends in separate incidents. UK, South-West

    Three divers were picked up this afternoon by the Lee-on-Solent based Coastguard helicopter in two separate incidents, when the divers began complaining on board their dive vessels of signs associated with decompression sickness. At around 4.15 the crew of the dive boat "Macdee" at that time some 10 miles off the Hove coastline, urgently contacted Solent Coastguard when one of the divers back on board the vessel began complaining of pains in her joints, and both she and another diver were showing signs of sickness. The first diver described a rapid ascent from about 29 metres and that a distinct tingling in the shoulder was being felt. Both divers were put on oxygen on board the dive craft, and the Coastguard linked the vessel to a doctor ashore for further advice. After such advice, it was then decided to bring both divers ashore and to a decompression chamber at Portsmouth by Coastguard helicopter. As this operation began to get underway the crew of a further vessel `Channel Diver" reported to Solent Coastguard that they also had a diver on board who was showing similar symptoms. He too had missed his stops on his ascent from 20 metres depth after initially ascending from 52 metres exploring the wreck of the "Modavia" around 20 miles south of Bognor Regis. …Source

  • 10 Oct 2008: Divers Reach Sunken Steamship Off Massachusetts, Find Artifacts

    Professional divers have located the wreck of the sunken 19th century steamship SS Portland 460 feet deep in Massachusetts" Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and found artifacts but no human remains. Five divers led by Bob Foster were the first to see the shipwreck nearly 20 years after it was discovered by underwater explorers Arnold Carr and John Fish. At the time, the wreck was not confirmed as that of the Portland, which sunk amid a storm in 1898 while sailing from Boston to Portland, Maine. …Source

  • 10 Oct 2008: UK divers find ‘underwater village’

    A team of divers have come across building remains in a lake in Wiltshire that may help solve the mystery of the lost village of Bowood. Legend has it that the village was ‘drowned’ 250 years ago when Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, a famous English landscape gardener, flooded the area to make way for a new design he had envisioned for the area. …Source

  • 10 Oct 2008: Korean missing after scuba diving in Batangas

    A Korean national went missing after diving off the waters of Mabini town in Batangas province, Tuesday morning. Reported missing was Yong Kwang Park, 42, a professional diver. He has not returned after going on a solo dive in the UDA Beach Resort in Mabini town before noon Tuesday. …Source

  • 9 Oct 2008: Sea slug species named for Stuart man who discovered it

    STUART — One day before his 62nd birthday, Bob Rice learned his name had become part of scientific history. On March 4, 2006, Rice, a licensed tropical fish collector, was scuba diving about five miles offshore from the Coast Guard LORAN Tower in Hobe Sound, collecting tropical fish for sale, when he saw a colorful creature come out of the reef. …Source

  • 9 Oct 2008: Divers death an accident

    Charles Alexander Padulo died of accidental drowning, secondary to a pulmonary barotrauma, a coroner"s inquest jury has found. The one-woman, four-man jury deliberated for five hours Tuesday before providing answers to the five required questions and giving 10 recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths in the future. The jury also concluded that 24- year-old Mr. Padulo died April 6, 2006 around 5:40 p. m. in the Petawawa River near a location known as Dick"s House, which it heard is a popular local scuba diving location. Mr. Padulo was in the Petawawa River on April 6, 2006, completing his third open-water dive as part of certification as a novice diver with Petawawa"s Barracuda Scuba Club. He and three friends were taking scuba diving lessons with the intention of diving while on vacation together. The inquest heard about 20 minutes into the dive, Mr. Padulo was separated from his diving instructor and dive buddy and seen in distress down the river. His body was recovered three days later in about three metres of water on a pile of milled logs on the bottom of the river. …Source

  • 9 Oct 2008: Divers descend to historic wreck

    Five recreational scuba divers from Massachusetts have become the first people to lay eyes on the wreckage of the S.S. Portland, which sank 110 years ago and is New England"s worst maritime disaster. …Source

  • 8 Oct 2008: Diving tragedy leaves UN soldier dead

    A YOUNG U.N. peacekeeper was killed near the resort of Protaras after being hit by a police speedboat while snorkelling with a fellow soldier. Police said the victim, named as 30-year-old Alexander Simkovic from Slovakia, had not been using a float to alert marine traffic to his presence. Chief of police Iacovos Papacostas yesterday ordered a thorough investigation into the incident, which happened near the popular Konnos Bay beach. Last night UN Spokesman Jose Luis Diaz told the Cyprus Mail that the event had shocked the UN community on the island. “Obviously we are deeply upset by this news, the investigation is still ongoing, but what I can tell you is that Alexander Simkovic was snorkelling with a colleague, when they were approached by a Cyprus police marine patrol boat.” “According to the police account, the sailors on the boat had only seen one of the two men in the sea, sadly the boat hit the soldier and apparently the propeller cut off his arm,” he said. Medics confirmed that Simkovics arm was severed at the shoulder and he died while being carried from the sea to the beach. …Source

  • 8 Oct 2008: Divers shed light on wreck of Portland

    In the cold, black waters 460 feet below the oceans surface, the divers could not see their hands. They switched on their lamps, throwing light on one of the worst shipwrecks in New England history. Clad head-to-toe in insulated dry suits, five Massachusetts men recently became the first divers to reach the Portland, a luxury passenger ship that was thrashed by hurricane-force winds and sank off the coast of Cape Ann in one of the 19th centurys deadliest storms. …Source

  • 8 Oct 2008: Divers aim for ironing record under water

    THE usually mundane task of ironing is about to get a rev-up when three Torbay divers take part in a world-record underwater ironing attempt. It will be full steam ahead when more than 80 divers from across the country attempt to flatten the world record. Underwater ironing is an extreme sport and the record was set by 72 Australian scuba divers in April, in a plunge off a Melbourne pier. Paul Mason, the vice-chairman of the Torbay British Sub Aqua Club, is taking part in the record-breaking attempt in Chepstow along with fellow Torbay divers Jack Macloughlin, a computing student at South Devon College and Kevin Western who works as a maintenance engineer. …Source

  • 7 Oct 2008: Autopsy scheduled for diver who dies off Shores

    An autopsy was tentatively scheduled today for a Poway man who died when he ran out of air on his first certified dive. John Sonsteng, 45, died around 9 a.m. Saturday off La Jolla Shores while scuba diving with his 19-year-old son, according to San Diego lifeguard Lt. John Greenhalgh. Sonsteng ran out of air and was attempting to re-surface while sharing his sons tank when the younger diver"s tank also ran out of air and he suddenly ascended with force, leaving his father behind, Greenhalgh said. …Source

  • 6 Oct 2008: San Diego lifeguards find body of missing diver

    The body of a missing diver has been found after a daylong search off La Jolla Shores. San Diego Lifeguard Lt. John Greenhalgh says searchers found the unidentified man"s body Saturday using a remote-controlled underwater vehicle. …Source

  • 6 Oct 2008: Man Collapses Preparing for Dive

    A man about to go scuba diving near Point Panic was rushed to the hospital Sunday morning. Emergency officials said he had his diving gear on when he suddenly collapsed and fell into the water. …Source

  • 5 Oct 2008: Divers finish retrieval of toxic pesticide from sunken ferry

    Manila - Divers from two salvage firms finished on Sunday retrieval of 10 tons of hazardous pesticide endosulfan from a sunken ferry in the central Philippines, a senior official said. …Source

  • 5 Oct 2008: Search on for missing diver off La Jolla Shores

    LA JOLLA – Search and rescue teams are searching for a man in his 40s who disappeared while diving off La Jolla Shores with his 19-year-old son Saturday morning. The pair were diving at about 150 feet when the father ran out of air, San Diego lifeguard Lt. John Greenhalgh said. The two began buddy breathing, passing the mouthpiece of the son"s air tank between them as they started ascending to the surface. The son ran out of air at about 40 feet below the surface and at some point became separated from his father, Greenhalgh said. …Source

  • 4 Oct 2008: Cause of death disputed

    An expert witness has contradicted the pathologist"s cause of death in the case of Charles Alex Padulo. In the fourth day of the inquest into the death of the 24-year-old member of the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, who died April 6, 2006 while completing his third open water dive in the Petawawa River, Dr. George Harpur claimed the primary cause of death was an air embolism. He considers the original report of drowning to be secondary. The witness was allowed to give expert evidence in the area of scuba diving deaths for the purpose of this inquest. He has investigated 37 diving deaths in his 34-year career. …Source

  • 4 Oct 2008: Scuba diving museum to host shipwreck hunters

    The Lockwood Pioneers Scuba Diving Museum has been three years in the making. …Source


    The Dive Pirates Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Scuba Diving to persons with disabilities and joining them with the mainstream of divers. Its vision is to create a community of adaptive divers that will dive and travel in the mainstream world of scuba diving through education and overcoming obstacles. …Source

  • 3 Oct 2008: Local Boat Rescues Two After Vessel Sinks

    A 41-foot boat sank in heavy seas about 22 miles off the coast of the resort early last Saturday, forcing its two occupants from Denmark to abandon ship and board a life raft before being rescued by good Samaritans on a local fishing charter boat. Early last Saturday morning, a 41-foot vessel bound from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to Greenland and eventually Denmark went down in stormy seas, forcing its two occupants into a life raft where they remained for over an hour before being rescued. The local fishing charter boat “Muff Diver” heard the distress signal over the radio, realized it was likely the closest vessel and quickly responded to the coordinates given. “Muff Diver” Captain Mike Hitchens said this week he was taking a charter out to go fishing, but had decided to turn back because of rough seas when he heard the distress signal come over the radio. …Source

  • 2 Oct 2008: Camper & Nicholsons Removes Cuban Wreck From Port Louis Marina Grenada

    As a result of Camper & Nicholsons’ on going effort to clean up Port Louis Marina, Grenada has a new and rare tourist attraction to add to it’s collection of wrecks that serve as dive sights for scuba divers. The island currently boasts 16 wrecks and now a Cuban fishing vessel will become the 17th wreck in Grenada’s diving portfolio. This is the second wreck that Camper & Nicholsons has donated to the dive associations efforts to increase the scuba diving attractions for tourists. Six weeks ago another small barge was removed from Port Louis and relocated in Dragon Bay as the first attraction in what the Grenada Scuba Diving Association hopes will become a new snorkelling adventure destination. …Source

  • 2 Oct 2008: Diver"s body found in 3m of water

    Alex Padulos body was located in the Petawawa River face down on a pile of debris almost 40 metres off shore, the jury at a coroner"s inquest into his death heard Tuesday. This according to the testimony of Constable Steven Salmon, of the Ontario Provincial Police Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU), who pulled Mr. Padulo"s body from the water after 10 a. m. April 9, 2006. Three days earlier the diver went missing while attempting to complete his third open-water dive as part of certification from the Barracuda Scuba Club in Petawawa. The inquest continues today. …Source

  • 2 Oct 2008: Diver Detection Sonar

    Sonardyne have sold the first, and no doubt the first of many, Sonardyne Sentinel diver Detection Sonar to a superyacht. The Sonar has been developed to up the level of security around superyachts, something that is likely to appeal to many owners. With the Sonar able to detect divers and swimmers from any direction of approach, its new owner, a Head of State, will greatly benefit from the increased security around their vessel. …Source

  • 2 Oct 2008: Sub Sea Research to Recover WWII Freighter Carrying Tons of Precious Metals

    The ship in question, the "Blue Baron", was attacked and sunk by a German U-Boat in June 1942. Through extensive and intensive research, Sub Sea navigated through the wreckage to discover large amounts of wealth, previously unknown to the world. The ship is thought to have been carrying tons of precious metals, several thousand tons of tin and copper, all of which are presently hidden amongst the debris. The total worth of the cargo equals out to more than four billion dollars, with the tin and copper alone valued at $165 million dollars. …Source

  • 1 Oct 2008: Old ships may be sunk to make reef

    DUBLIN"S coastline could be in line for a whole new style of marine life if a proposal to sink four abandoned shipwrecks is accepted by a local authority. The four timber boats are currently cluttering Balbriggan Harbour and a debate has begun as to how best to dispose of them. The new proposal would see them dragged out to sea and sunk as part of an initiative to attract new forms of marine life and sports such as scuba diving. …Source

  • 1 Oct 2008: Death In The Deep Blue

    Anyone who has completed an Open Water Diving Certification course will remember the dreadful feeling of sucking on emptiness when, as part of the training, the diving instructor turns off the valve on your scuba tank so that your air supply is cut off. It is a truly awful sensation, as gradually it becomes more and more difficult to breathe and then impossible. …Source

  • 1 Oct 2008: New diving attraction in the Cayman Islands

    An old American warship is to be sunk off the Cayman Islands, creating an artificial reef that may be of interest to those on diving breaks. The USS Kittiwake, the first US military vessel to be donated to a foreign country, will be sunk so that there is just 15 feet of water above it. This will ensure that the vessel is accessible to divers and snorkelers. …Source

  • 1 Oct 2008: Ritchie to supply cylinder diving gas frames

    ABERDEEN, UK -- Dominion Gas has awarded Ritchie a contract for the manufacture of cylinder diving gas frames. The frames will hold 48 or 64, 50 liter capacity, three hundred bar cylinders. Each frame has a dedicated serial number so that it can be tracked, providing material traceability and integrating with Dominion Gas" asset management software (CATS). …Source

  • 1 Oct 2008: Crumbling bridge may pose SCUBA hazard

    RIVIERA BEACH, FL -- One of the favourite local scuba spots for divers in Palm Beach County is the east side of the Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach, because it"s easy enough for beginners, and teaming with rare wildlife and small wrecks from recent hurricanes. But recently, work crews have been responding to reports of a potential hazard. Large chunks of concrete falling from the eastern flat portion of the bridge. …Source

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