News archive for December of 2008

  • 31 Dec 2008: Diver dies in incident off coast

    The 44-year-old man ran out of air, the Coast Guard said. A scuba diver died early Sunday morning when the Coast Guard said he apparently ran out of air while diving 160 feet below the surface, about 45 miles east of Brunswick. …Source

  • 30 Dec 2008: Underwater sleuths end 66-year search

    THE wreck of a merchant ship sunk by Japanese fighter-bombers has been found after a 66-year search. But diver Jim Miles and fisherman Wayne Keeping are not revealing the exact location for the time being. Four men died on the Florence D and they want it protected as a war grave. The 2600-tonne cargo vessel is lying on its starboard side in 10m of murky water off Bathurst Island. It was carrying 500,000 anti-aircraft rounds and its bow was blown to pieces in the attack on February 19, 1942. But the stern is intact. …Source

  • 30 Dec 2008: Small Heath boy becomes master scuba diver

    A BIRMINGHAM schoolboy has dived to new depths to become one of the UK’s youngest master scuba divers. Jack Walton, from Small Heath, has completed more than 70 dives across the world to pass his master scuba diver rating. The award is the highest non-professional qualification that divers can achieve, with just two per cent going on to receive the certification. …Source

  • 30 Dec 2008: Exploring the Kaiser's Sunken World War I Fleet

    DIVING IN SCAPA FLOW. Its a descent into history. The remains of the German Imperial Fleet still lie on the seabed at Scapa Flow off Scotland's Orkney Islands where the Germans scuttled their ships in 1919. The ice-cold, deep waters are a paradise for professional wreck divers. …Source

  • 29 Dec 2008: Scuba diver dies despite rescue efforts

    A 48-year-old woman died in a scuba diving accident yesterday Sunday afternoon near Kailua Pier on the Big Island. The woman had stopped breathing while diving, according to her diving partner. Members of the UFO Parasail boat brought the woman to Kailua Pier and started performing CPR on her …Source

  • 28 Dec 2008: Police attempt to rescue crew from dive boat

    QUEENSLAND water police are attempting to remove three crew members left on a dive boat which ran aground on a reef off Brisbane last night. Eighteen people were taken from the charter dive boat late on Saturday night, but three crew members stayed aboard to assist with attempts to refloat the vessel from Flinders Reef, 5km north-west of Cape Moreton. At 10pm on Saturday police were advised the vessel was stranded on Flinders Reef and taking on water. …Source

  • 27 Dec 2008: Diver thought to be missing is found safe

    A diver thought to be missing last night was reported safe after all. The man was reported missing at about 7 p.m. yesterday when he did not emerge from the water at Kahala Beach with five other people. The Honolulu Fire Department searched until 10 p.m. The U.S. Coast Guard notified the fire department this morning that the man, who is a Navy sailor living at Pearl Harbor, was reported to be safe, said fire department spokesman Capt. Earle Kealoha. …Source

  • 24 Dec 2008: Missing diver finds own way to shore

    A search for a missing diver ended on Tuesday night when he found his own way to shore. The man was diving off Mt Maunganui when he surfaced some distance from his boat. A family member on board didn't know how to move the vessel closer to the man and he drifted off. Coastguard and the rescue co-ordination centre had around 10 people looking for him over four hours. Police say the man is in good condition. …Source

  • 24 Dec 2008: Diver dead after WB trip

    The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is investigating the death of a man who was on a diving trip last week. The 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call around 10.55am Thursday from a staff member of Divers Down who reported that an unconscious man was being brought to the West Bay Dock. …Source

  • 24 Dec 2008: Divers find 1903 shipwreck near Block Island

    A group of divers says it has found the wreckage of a schooner that collided with a steamship and sank in 1903 near Block Island, R.I. Mark Munro of Griswold, Conn., said his Sound Underwater Survey group and the Baccala Wreck Divers began looking for the remains of the Jennie R. Dubois in 2002, searching a few times a year in an area that eventually stretched to 17 square miles. …Source

  • 23 Dec 2008: US man dies while diving off Caymans

    Police say a 57-year-old American tourist has died during a scuba diving excursion in the Cayman Islands. Police spokeswoman Deborah Denis says David Guy Stuart, of Edmond, Oklahoma, was on a weekend dive with a friend off Grand Cayman island when he began struggling in the water. …Source

  • 21 Dec 2008: Scuba Santas dive deep for RNLI

    A group of "scuba Santas" have dived into a Somerset quarry to raise money for the RNLI. It is the second year in a row that the dive has taken place at Vobster Quay in Mells, near Frome. The group of 100, all dressed in red suits, dived 95ft (29m) down into the water. …Source

  • 21 Dec 2008: Scuba diver dies in St. Augustine

    A 22-year-old man died Saturday while diving off the coast of St. Augustine, police said. Jordan Brent Angyalfy became lost while diving with friends. Angyalfy was located sometime later by his friends and transported to Lighthouse Park, where he was pronounced dead, according to the St. Johns County Sheriffs Office e. …Source

  • 20 Dec 2008: Islanders found to be related to slaves from 1841 shipwreck

    WASHINGTON -- Marine archaeologists have found the remains of a slave ship wrecked off the Turks and Caicos islands in 1841, an accident that set free the ancestors of many current residents of those islands. When the wreck was discovered in 2004, it was named the Black Rock ship because the researchers were unsure of its identity. …Source

  • 20 Dec 2008: Local divers find ‘sunken treasure’ in the North Sea

    THREE Hamilton-based divers were the first to find the wreck of a large fishing trawler sunk by a German U-boat in 1942. Jim McAllister, from Hamilton, and his colleagues Ralph Lennox, Auldhouse, and Livingstone man Bud Campbell discovered the trawler’s bell as they went diving in the North Sea this year. The trio are members of the Central Scotland Dive Club who meet at Hamilton Water Palace. …Source

  • 20 Dec 2008: Final moments of tragic diver

    The last moments of father-of-four Michael (Mick) Hanrahan. Mick died after he and his team completed their exploration of sunken German U-boat, U-778, 16 miles off the Malin Head coast in Donegal in a project funded by Derry City Council. …Source

  • 20 Dec 2008: Suit filed in scuba death of Spokane stockbroker

    SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Scuba Center of Spokane has been sued by the wife of a Spokane stockbroker who died on a dive in Hood Canal in March. In her action Mayer-Gray says she and her husband were "totally inexperienced dive students." Her husband was found dead about 30 feet underwater near Eldon on March 29. Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell said Gray apparently had become separated from the rest of the scuba class. …Source

  • 20 Dec 2008: Diving death of Poway man ruled accidental

    SAN DIEGO — The death of a Poway man who ran out of air and drowned while diving off La Jolla Shores in October was accidental, according to an autopsy report released Friday. John Sonsteng, 45, and his 19-year-old son were on their first solo dive after earning their scuba certification a year earlier, according to the Medical Examiner's Office. On the morning of Oct. 4, the pair descended to 150 feet – an extreme depth for novice divers without the proper training or equipment. New divers are discouraged from going any deeper than 60 feet. …Source

  • 19 Dec 2008: Diver wrestles dentures from octopus

    WHEN Manly diver David Baxter emerged from the water clutching a set of false teeth he had wrestled from the tentacles of an octopus he knew he would have trouble convincing people his tale was true. “In 20 years of diving its the most unbelievable thing I’ve ever encountered,” he said. …Source

  • 19 Dec 2008: Search for missing divers in Boracay halted due to poor visibility

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Coast Guard has suspended its search and rescue operations for the seven people, including three foreigners, who went missing while on a diving expedition near Boracay Island. Lt. Commander Juan Manuel Ramos, chief of the Caticlan Coast Guard, said the operations were halted 6 p.m. Thursday due to poor visibility. …Source

  • 18 Dec 2008: An experienced scuba diver has drowned in the Leven River at Ulverstone.

    The 66-year old Ulverstone man had become trapped under a yacht which had broken from its mooring. Witnesses say the diver was trying to untangle ropes form the yacht's propeller when he became trapped under the water. It is believed he had been asked by the owner to help free the yacht which had become ensnared with another boat. Witnesses say they heard the owner screaming for help about half-past-three. The diver was eventually cut free by emergency service and pulled from the river unconscious. …Source

  • 17 Dec 2008: Navy Wet Diving Bell.. Pictures!!

    Heres something you don't see very often. A visit to the Navys Diving Ship. Theres a wet diving bell on the navy ship which enables the navy to dive to some depth, much more than regular recreational divers can do. Deep dives are necessary to clear waterways, underwater construction, clandestine operations, and of course, diver support and underwater submarine escape for the coming French Scorpene submarines. …Source

  • 17 Dec 2008: Diver claims to have seen Steve Irwin's ghost

    Pino Termini of Naples in the south of Italy has spent more hours underwater than most. Having dived for the Italian Navy for seven years he now spends much of his time travelling the globe in search of the ultimate diving experience. None of this prepared him for what he claims to have seen during his last expedition. Last month he arrived at Port Douglas in tropical North Queensland for his eighth time, The Great Barrier Reef being one of his favorite playgrounds. He had heard that Batt Reef was worth a plunge into the deep blue. He chartered a boat from Port Douglas and made his way out to the area he planned to explore …Source

  • 16 Dec 2008: Monaco prince may dive to bottom of Siberia's Baikal in 2009

    Monaco's Prince Albert II and the president of Russia's Buryatia Republic could dive to the bottom of Lake Baikal in 2009 as part of a research trip, a leading expedition member said. …Source

  • 15 Dec 2008: Police push water safety

    Police are urging caution with water toys and water safety this festive season, to avoid drownings and other injuries. People must inspect and know how to operate boats, dive gear, and other marine equipment before taking to the water, and be aware of safety procedures, the Police National Dive Squad and Wellington Maritime Unit said. …Source

  • 14 Dec 2008: Divers tell of exploring oceanliner Andrea Doria 200 feet down

    BEACH HAVEN - Referred to as the Mount Everest of diving, the Andrea Doria has taken the lives of 15 divers. Reaching parts of the wreckage requires a plunge of more than 250 feet. Two divers who made it out of the wreck several times spoke and showed an underwater video of their experiences Friday night at the Museum of New Jersey Maritime History. …Source

  • 12 Dec 2008: Boat firm blamed over divers lost at Great Barrier Reef

    INVESTIGATORS say charges should be laid against the boat firm and scuba instructor who left two divers in shark-infested waters off the Great Barrier Reef. Miracle dive couple Richard Neely and Allyson Dalton survived a 19-hour ordeal after being lost at sea during a Whitsundays dive expedition. Now a Queensland Workplace Health and Safety report, after a six-month investigation, has found their failure to be picked up was due to "operator error". …Source

  • 12 Dec 2008: Radick followed diving dream, made films about shipwreck recoveries

    When Jerry Radick was a young boy, he loved the water so much that he made a diving helmet out of his mother's favorite kitchen pot. It worked down to 8 feet under water. Just an early indication of what would become a lifetime passion and later a source of his livelihood. Radick, a one-time San Antonio police officer who left his job as an insurance salesman to form an underwater photography company, died Monday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 73. “Life is easier than you think,” Jerry Radick said in a 1985 San Antonio Express-News story, “if you know what you want to do and dare to do it.” …Source

  • 12 Dec 2008: U.S. Coast Guard Responds To Healy Tragedy, Opens Regional Dive Facilities; 'We Will Not Accept Preventable Loss Or Injury'

    San Diego, California -- On Aug. 17, 2006, two active duty military members' lives were cut short during a cold water familiarization diving accident in the Arctic aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy. The Coast Guard initiated an immediate administrative and safety investigation into the circumstances which contributed and ultimately led up to the regrettable deaths. …Source

  • 11 Dec 2008: Rescue crews search for missing diver off Maui

    The channel between Lahaina and Lanai is the focus of a search tonight for a diver who went missing this afternoon while on an outing aboard a commercial fishing boat and diving with three other people. Rescue crews from the Coast Guard and Maui Fire Department are looking for any signs of Tam Sing, 69, who was wearing a black wet suit and scuba gear. …Source

  • 10 Dec 2008: New Underwater Training Could Keep Marines Alive in Helicopter Crashes

    Marine Corps helicopters often fill the skies over eastern North Carolina—and over the Middle East. Now, Marines at Camp Lejeune are getting some special training on how they can survive if their helo ever crashes over water. “We don’t turn them in to Jacques Cousteau. Time is still critical, so we teach them to exit the aircraft as quickly as possible.” …Source

  • 10 Dec 2008: Wounded soldiers dive at Molasses Reef

    More than a dozen wounded soldiers and their family members took part in a weeklong vacation to Key Largo this past week that ended with three days of diving along Upper Keys reefs. Local businesses contributed to the soldiers' hotel stays, meals and dive trips in what has become a twice-a-year event. Organizer Fraser Bathgate called it a "trip to remember" for all who participated. …Source

  • 10 Dec 2008: Two escape as great white shark tears apart diving cage

    diving cage A pair of scuba divers off the coast of Mexico survived a terrifying ordeal straight out of Jaws when a great white shark burst through the side of their metal cage. …Source

  • 9 Dec 2008: Diver killed in Strait

    RCMP officials have released the name of a 21-year-old man who was killed over the weekend while working to refloat a fishing boat that sank in the Northumberland Strait last September. Jonathan Parker of Campbellton died Saturday afternoon about three kilometres off the coast of Pointe-Sapin. District 5 RCMP said they responded to the incident at about 4:50 p.m., and Parker was pronounced dead at the scene. Parker was one of two commercial divers working on a crew that was commissioned to bring the sunken ship back to the surface. …Source

  • 8 Dec 2008: Divers spear 218 invasive reef fish

    LAHAINA, Maui — Three species of invasive reef fish were targeted in a recent spearfishing tournament held in conjunction with the International Year of the Reef. The Roi Roundup sent 80 divers into the waters off Lahaina to spear roi (blue-spotted grouper), toau (blacktail snapper) and taape (blue-striped snapper), which were introduced to Hawaiian waters by the state in the 1950s to enhance fishing opportunities. …Source

  • 8 Dec 2008: Human Remains Are 355 Feet Deep Inside Blue Hole

    More details are emerging about the discovery of human remains at the bottom of the Blue Hole on Wednesday by a team of international divers. Today 7NEWS spoke with a technical diver and instructor from San Pedro and who accompanied the team to the dive site. He confirms that there is a body lying on the sandy bottom of the Blue Hole. …Source

  • 7 Dec 2008: Free diving spearfishermen rely on the buddy system

    If two free divers are really experienced, one diver on the bottom can hold the line, and the one on the surface can pull you up and the line and the fish,'' Miranda explained. ``If I have a diver I trust on the surface, I can spend a little more time because I know he can pull me up.' …Source

  • 6 Dec 2008: Diver captures pictures of whale shark

    RIVIERA BEACH, FL -- "To see such a huge fish right off the shore of Palm Beach is a very special opportunity". It's a close encounter with a whale shark. Diver Michael Patrick O'neill was quick to snap pictures of what he calls a gentle animal. "He kept coming back swimming around the boats, swimming around people normally they are very shy normally the minute somebody touches the whale shark, it swims away". …Source

  • 6 Dec 2008: Scuba celebration dives into South Side

    The last thing most people in Western Pennsylvania are thinking about in early December is scuba diving, unless holiday plans include a trip to the Caribbean. That is precisely why Mike Convery of Pittsburgh Scuba Center on the South Side is hosting Scubapalooza, a two-day celebration of all things diving, this weekend. …Source

  • 5 Dec 2008: Royal Navy diver has ashes scattered by torpedo explosion

    Mr Redfern worked as a diver during more than 30 years in the service after joining up when he was 16 and died this year aged 71 at his home in Cornwall. A Royal Navy diver has had his ashes scattered on the seabed in a torpedo explosion exercise. Derick Redfern's dying wish was for his ashes to be scattered at sea and his widow Ann asked the Navy to help. They took a canister with his ashes to a torpedo on the seabed at Jennycliff, near Plymouth, and attached it to the nose of the tube. The torpedo was then blown up as part of an exercise training divers in how to dispose of dangerous ordnance on the seabed. …Source

  • 5 Dec 2008: Russia’s Aqua Star: An Original Underwater Motorcycle

    The Aqua Star is an extraordinary motorcycle that permits the user to go underwater without any special equipment. The way it works is simple. The body of the motorcycle rider stays in the water and the head is encased in a sort of helmet that serves as a diving bell equipped with an air-supplying system. …Source

  • 4 Dec 2008: Teen diver dies after running out of air

    A 14-year-old boy died on a diving trip when he ran out of air. Louis Price reached the surface with his father Stephen but then lost buoyancy when the air in his tanks ran out and he sank, an inquest heard. …Source

  • 4 Dec 2008: Inquest verdict on teenage scuba diver

    An open verdict was today recorded on a teenage scuba diver who mysteriously vanished after surfacing from a holiday dive with his father. Louis Price, 14, disappeared off Brixham, South Devon, on August 12 after diving with his father Stephen from their rigid inflatable craft. An extensive search failed to find the youngster, whose body was recovered from the sea near Brixham on September 1. Coroner Ian Arrow said at the inquest in Torquay, Devon, that the medical cause of death of the youngster, from Badminton Road, Newport, South Wales, was unascertained, but there were no suspicious circumstances. …Source

  • 4 Dec 2008: The psychic, the missing Russian diver and an 18-year friendship

    Thanks to the bizarre claims of an eccentric Russian psychic, Christmas 1990 was a bit of a strange one for Paul Cranage. Eighteen months earlier, Mr. Cranage had led the Marine Police investigation after diver Mikhail Falin disappeared in Bermudas waters when a deep sea expedition went wrong. Mr. Falins body was never found but, given that he'd vanished under 120 feet of choppy water, the search team thought they were safe to write the case off as a tragic fatal accident. What nobody expected was the unusual intervention of Russian celebrity fortune-teller Victor Balashov and his unlikely story which gave Mr. Falins family false hope. …Source

  • 3 Dec 2008: Scuba diver killed at home

    Armed thugs killed a Hanover man in front of his family when they invaded the family's home around 1.30 Tuesday morning. The incident has sent shockwaves through the usually quiet community especially the resort town of Negril where Mr. Ferrari was employed to the Negril Scuba Diving Centre for 19 years …Source

  • 3 Dec 2008: Norwegian court overturns lawsuit by divers

    OSLO, Norway —An appeals court on Tuesday overturned a nearly 30 million kroner ($4.2 million) settlement for three deep sea divers who claim their health was ruined by Norway's early quest for offshore oil wealth. In August 2007, the Oslo district court ordered the government to compensate the three men in a case that could have brought a rash of similar lawsuits. However, the Borgarting appeals overturned that ruling, saying the government could not be held responsible for their injuries. When Norway, now one of the world's major oil exporters, was first developing its North Sea fields in the 1970s and 1980s, divers were sent to extreme and sometimes experimental depths to maintain and install equipment. The so-called pioneer divers from the early years of Norway's offshore oil development - Magn Haakon Muledal, Angus Gunnar Kleppe, and Dag Vilnes - said they will appeal the case to the Supreme Court. It was not clear when the case would be heard. …Source

  • 1 Dec 2008: Ancient canoe found at bottom of Black Sea

    SOFIA, Bulgaria — A well-preserved ancient wooden dugout canoe has been discovered at the bottom of the Black Sea, scientists said Saturday. The vessel was discovered by fishermen trailing nets along the sea bottom some 15 miles off the coast, said Dimitar Nedkov, head of the Archaeological Museum in the port city of Sozopol …Source

  • 1 Dec 2008: Diver dies near Whytecliff Park

    An experienced scuba instructor died on Sunday in the second diving accident off Whytecliff Park in less than two weeks. The 61-year-old Surrey man had no heartbeat and wasn't breathing when he was pulled from the water during a Sunday morning diving lesson. Four students surfacing from a 100-foot dive found him in distress and brought him to shore. …Source

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