News archive for January of 2009

  • 31 Jan 2009: Dive industry honours two

    Two well known Caymanian dive pioneers – Stuart Freeman, owner of Eden Rock, and Ollen Miller, owner of Sundivers, will be honoured for their achievements and outstanding contributions to the sport of scuba diving this tonight at Pedro St. James. This is when the industry gathers together for the annual International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony. A press release noted that every year, in addition to the international inductees, the Ministry of Tourism honours Caymanians and pays tribute to the invaluable role they have played in the process which has transformed Cayman into the premier dive destination that it is today. All awards will be presented by the Minister of Tourism, Charles. …Source

  • 30 Jan 2009: Operator to face charges over stranding divers

    CHARGES have been laid against an Airlie Beach dive boat operator – AP Vessel Management which trades as OzSail Skippered Yacht Charters – for leaving two tourists drifting off Bait Reef in the Whitsundays for 19 hours last year. …Source

  • 29 Jan 2009: Diver who lost legs in accident: 'I’m trying to make a sad situation into a positive'

    WEST PALM BEACH — Rob Murphy loves talking about his spearfishing adventures. Since earning his scuba diving certification last year, he estimates he has made almost 400 dives. But Murphy will never forget his last dive on Jan. 9 when while surfacing in waters northeast of the St. Lucie Inlet, Murphy was struck by a passing boat. The boat operated by Roger Nicosia, an emergency room physician at Martin Memorial Medical Center North, severed Murphy’s legs. …Source

  • 28 Jan 2009: Marlin drags diver for 3km

    An exhausted 18-year-old spearfisherman is admiring what could be a record-setting marlin caught after a 150-minute battle off Great Barrier Island. Nick Dobbyn speared the 213kg blue marlin after he spotted it "tailing along" on the surface of the water last Saturday afternoon. "I got ready and we got close to it, about 50-60 metres away. I jumped into the water and swam closer to it when I pulled the trigger. That's when the war started," Mr Dobbyn said. …Source

  • 28 Jan 2009: Inquiry into scuba diver's death

    A police investigation has started after the death of a scuba diver at an inland diving site in Leicestershire. The diver, who has not been named, was reported missing at Stoney Cove on Saturday afternoon. His death is not being treated as suspicious. He was found after a search by the centre's rescue team, but died later at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry. …Source

  • 28 Jan 2009: Big Island: Kamulea Man Dies while Free Diving

    Hawaii Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a diver in distress just South of Lapakahi State Historical Park in North Kohala. The victim, identified as 23-year-old Michael Morriss, of Kamuela, was "Free Diving" from a boat with two friends approximately 200 yards off shore outside Lapakahi Park when the dive partners lost sight of him. After a five-minute search, Morriss was located in about 80 feet of water on the bottom. …Source

  • 27 Jan 2009: Appeal to fund final search for missing diver

    A CAMPAIGN to raise funds towards a final search for the body of a missing St Helens diver will be aided by a race night. The event at the Windle Hotel, Hard Lane, on Saturday, January 31 will go towards funding a final search for father-of-three Alan Costello, who is presumed dead. The Fingerpost chemist failed to surface from an underwater exploration of a shipwreck in the Red Sea, off Egypt last May. Alan, a vastly experienced diver, was on an expedition with the St Helens-based Northern Union Sub Aqua Club when he vanished. Under Egyptian law, Alan, who lived in Moss Bank and ran Derbyshire’s chemist in Fingerpost, will be classed as a missing person for four years unless a body is found. …Source

  • 27 Jan 2009: Diver rescued off Manele Bay

    A 52-year-old free diver was rescued by a Coast Guard crew off of Lana'i's Manele Bay today. Bruno Ambay became separated from three friends and their 15-foot boat yesterday about four miles off of Manele Bay. He was picked up about two hours later while swimming along a rocky shoreline. …Source

  • 27 Jan 2009: Diving death adds to grim toll

    Water-safety experts are warning Northlanders of the perils of diving after two separate scuba diving incidents claimed one man's life and left another woman seriously ill with "the bends". A man aged in his 50s or 60s died after scuba diving from a boat in Matauri Bay, 25km north-east of Kaeo, on Saturday. It was the second diving death in Northland this year. St John Ambulance Northland operations manager Tony Devanney said the man went into cardiac arrest immediately after surfacing around 1pm on Saturday. Medical personnel on board the boat gave the diver CPR and continued resuscitation until the Northland Electricity rescue helicopter and advanced paramedics took over. Nothing could be done to save the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The other incident involved a "very experienced" Auckland diver. The 56-year-old woman received decompression treatment at the Devonport Naval Base after she suffered the bends while diving in "perfect" conditions. …Source

  • 26 Jan 2009: DIVERS Helped To Safety By Rescue Crews

    TWO divers were helped to shore at Wemyss Bay by a rescue helicopter and lifeboat yesterday. The divers then were spotted trying to head for shore. One was taken to land by the lifeboat and the other was assisted in the water by the winchman off the helicopter. They were uninjured. …Source

  • 26 Jan 2009: Oriskany puts Pensacola on dive map

    When the Oriskany sank to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in 2006, it made Pensacola an international diving destination. The ship is about 25 miles south of Pensacola Pass in about 212 feet of water. Its tower is a little more than 70 feet from the surface. Divers have come from as far as Guam to visit the 888-foot aircraft carrier. …Source

  • 25 Jan 2009: Dive Flag Awareness Day to be observed Saturday

    Many boaters, anglers and divers probably have heard the tragic story of Jupiter diver Rob Murphy. Murphy, 26, was diving offshore Jan. 9 when he was struck by a passing boater. He was taken to Sandsprit Park in Stuart and flown to St. Marys Medical Center in West Palm Beach. His legs, mangled by the boats propellers, were amputated. The diving community has turned its frustration into a call to action. Saturday divers and volunteers will canvas boat ramps across Florida for Dive Flag Awareness Day. State law mandates a 300-foot buffer around any divers-down flag on open waters other than rivers, inlets and navigation channels. Divers must make every attempt to remain within the 300 feet area and boaters must make every attempt to remain outside of the area. …Source

  • 25 Jan 2009: Diver airlifted from Straddie

    A WOMAN diver, pulled from the water unconscious at Point Lookout, was airlifted to Princess Alexandra Hospital on Sunday afternoon. About 1pm the Queensland Ambulance Service was notified that a female diver with a dive group had been pulled from the water unconscious. When paramedics arrived she was conscious, breathing and alert and she was airlifted by the Emergency Management Queensland rescue helicopter to hospital as a precaution. …Source

  • 25 Jan 2009: Whittling away at an underwater killer

    AVALON, Calif. - In the wee hours one morning in 2006, the trawler Infidel sank off the southern end of Santa Catalina Island, taking several tons of squid and a 9,000-pound fishing net down with it. The Infidel came to rest on its keel, about 150 feet under the sea. But in the turbid currents, the fine-mesh hemp and polypropylene net - 40 feet high, several hundred feet long and made to last thousands of years - wrapped itself around the wreck and became a deadly snare for marine life. It has been entangling and killing sea lions, dolphins, sharks and fish ever since, littering the sandy bottom with skulls and bones picked clean by crabs. This month, a team of volunteer scuba divers armed with filet knives and shears began cutting away the danger. Guided only by flashlights, they sliced off swaths of the netting, which they then attached to inflatable air bags that rose to the surface. From there, the netting was hauled aboard the 75-foot trawler Captain Jack. The potentially dangerous mission was organized by Ocean Defenders . …Source

  • 25 Jan 2009: British shipwreck holds £2.6 billion treasure, explorers claim

    Salvagers claim to have found the worlds richest wreck – a British ship sunk by a Nazi submarine while laden with a £2.6 billion cargo that included gold, platinum and diamonds. A 220ft salvage vessel is currently being equipped to recover the cargo. It is due to sail next week from the US state of Louisiana to the wreck site, which lies in international waters. The company has refused to reveal which government sent the valuables to the US or which was the Blue Barons final port of call in Europe. It is thought much of the treasure could be Russian, although part, including the diamonds, may have been British. …Source

  • 25 Jan 2009: Barry Sub Aqua members pressing engagement

    MEMBERS from Barry Sub Aqua took part in a National Extreme Ironing event on Saturday, January 10. Club members Russell Phillips, Dave Thomas, Oliver Leonard, Richard Lower and Ceri Ann Donovan were among the divers who broke the record. Some 128 scuba divers braved the freezing winter temperatures to attempt to break the world record, currently held by the Australians, for the most number of divers ironing at the same time underwater. …Source

  • 24 Jan 2009: Hudson River plane crash... Former Clearfield man directs recovery

    Former Clearfield resident David Hoy of Brooklyn, N.Y., was asked to do a job that no one else has ever done before - retrieve an intact airliner from the Hudson River. Mr. Hoy is a dive master for Weeks Marine of Cranford, N.J., and was the supervisor of the operation to retrieve U.S. Airways Flight 1549 from the Hudson River. …Source

  • 23 Jan 2009: Motorboat makes National Register list

    Deep beneath the ice on Lake George, a newly designated national historic resource awaits exploration by scuba diving enthusiasts. The U.S. Department of the Interior has listed the lake’s first-ever gasoline-powered motorboat on the National Register of Historic Places, making it part of an underwater state park called “Submerged Heritage Preserves” that includes boats from the French and Indian War. …Source

  • 23 Jan 2009: Two Fishermen Saved After Month Drifting in Shark Waters

    Australian authorities announced that they recovered on Saturday two survivors from a shipwreck that occurred on December 23rd, off the country's north coast. The two fishermen, both from Myanmar, had been seen floating in a large ice box, by a scout-patrol plane, and a helicopter was immediately dispatched to rescue them. Both men, in their 20s, where taken to a hospital on Thursday Island, in far-northern Australia. They reported spending more than 25 days at sea, after their small vessel was sunk by heavy waves, and other 16 crew members perished. That portion of the sea is heavily infested with sharks, and how the two managed to stay alive for so long without fresh water and food is still a mystery. …Source

  • 22 Jan 2009: Investigators seek information in boating accident that cost diver his legs

    Investigating a serious boating accident is not as easy or fast as investigating a vehicle accident, said Gabriella Ferraro, Florida Fish and Wildlife public information officer. “It takes longer because the accident scene is fluid,” she said. “It changes from minute-to-minute.” A Palm Beach County scuba diver lost both legs on Jan. 9 several miles offshore, northeast of the St. Lucie Inlet. Robert Murphy, 26, was struck by a boat operated by Roger Nicosia. …Source

  • 20 Jan 2009: Orissa scuba diver to play billiards under Bay of Bengal

    Most people soar high in their imagination. Sabir Bux dives deep. Now the international scuba diver from Orissa is going to take on a national-level billiards player for an undersea game.”I am going to play billiards underwater off the coast of Gopalpur in Orissa,” Bux told IANS. …Source

  • 20 Jan 2009: Man dies scuba diving in Tillamook Bay

    A man scuba diving in Tillamook Bay was found dead Saturday. Petty Officer Kelly Parker with U.S. Coast Guard said the man had told friends he was going scuba diving alone. Apparently he was using an air hose hooked up to a generator instead of an air tank because he had experienced some sort of recent problem with his air tank. …Source

  • 19 Jan 2009: Ice Diver Rescued

    Two divers cut through the ice at the lake at Esch-sur-Sure on Sunday, close to Liefrange on the northern shore. The ice was 20cm thick and both divers were kitted out in dry-suits. The divers, both brothers, then got into the water and swam close to the surface. One of the divers noticed after a few minutes that his brother appeared to be uncomfortable. He decided to abort the dive and they both started to return to the ice-hole. However, his brother was no longer responding. He managed to bring his brother to the ice-hole and onto the ice surface where he commenced resussitation until he started to breathe himself again. He called the emergency sevices and the Civil Protection and Police arrived at the scene. …Source

  • 18 Jan 2009: Dive team seeks sunken snowmobiles

    Two sunken snowmobiles in the Black River off Water Street offered the St. Clair and Washtenaw county sheriff department's dive teams a chance to practice their work under ice. The owner of the vehicles, who didn't want to be named or discuss the accident that resulted in the snowmobiles ending up underwater Jan. 11, said he was impressed with the response by the dive teams, which already were scheduled to do a practice dive Sunday. …Source

  • 17 Jan 2009: Explore lost villages and ships beneath the ice

    Adventure - diehard scuba divers will appreciate this first-ever organized trip. Arctic Kingdom Marine expeditions is offering an ice diving excursion in the St. Lawrence Seaway, near the 1000 islands, where throughout history the waters of the seaway have capsized schooners, barges, paddle-wheelers and freight carriers. even entire lost villages lay below the surface. …Source

  • 16 Jan 2009: Police find body of missing scuba diver

    The body of a missing scuba diver has been found about 10 metres from shore at Port MacDonnell in South Australias south-east. …Source

  • 16 Jan 2009: Navy Dive Tower

    A multi-million dollar project is now complete at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center. The new facility will greatly expand the training capability at the dive school. The new Joint Aquatic Combat Diver Training Facility will be able to put close to 1800 dive students through training each year. …Source

  • 16 Jan 2009: Investigation of weekend boat accident may take more than a month

    It may be a month or more before investigators determine if charges will be filed in a Jan. 10 boating accident that cost a SCUBA diver his legs. Robert Murphy, 26, was diving in the waters of the Cross Roads between Sandsprit Park in Port Salerno and the St. Lucie Inlet when he reportedly was struck by a 35-foot boat, the Master Plan, operated by Roger Nicosia of Stuart. …Source

  • 16 Jan 2009: Veterans and Students with Disabilities Dive into a New Adventure with the Aquarium of the Pacific

    USC - Los Angeles, CA - Aquarium of the Pacific and Diveheart to bring the weightless world of SCUBA diving to students with disabilities & wounded veterans on Friday, Jan. 16 at USC. For the first time, students and veterans with disabilities will discover the weightless world of SCUBA diving. …Source

  • 16 Jan 2009: Search resumes for missing scuba diver

    Police have resumed their search for a missing scuba diver in south-eastern South Australia. The 47-year-old man from Port MacDonnell near Mount Gambier was reported missing at about 8:00pm ACDT yesterday. He was last seen leaving his house to go diving at about 11:00am …Source

  • 15 Jan 2009: 180-year-old shipwreck to be protected

    A 180-year-old shipwreck found two weeks ago on the Great Barrier Reef has been declared a protected zone by the federal government. The wreck of His Majestys Colonial Schooner Mermaid was discovered by underwater archaeologists from the Australian National Maritime Museum on January 2, a day after the search for the wooden-hull vessel began. …Source

  • 14 Jan 2009: Florida Aquarium Divers Work To Replenish Damaged Coral Reefs

    Experts estimate that up to 70-percent of the world’s coral reefs could be lost in the next four decades. Coral reefs account for a worldwide economic impact of $370-billion annually and roughly $250-billion could be extinguished in two generations. Ecologically, ¼ of all marine species find their homes in coral reefs. Remove 20-percent of marine life from our oceans and it is impossible to predict the implications. The Global Coral Reef Institute (GCRI) at The Florida Aquarium is continuing to propagate corals in the wild using fragments grown in-land at the University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin. The GCRI created the first health certificate in the world for corals. This allows teams of scientific divers to ‘plant’ cement discs with coral fragments on damaged reefs to promote new growth. …Source

  • 14 Jan 2009: Search for missing diver continues

    The search for the missing Maltese diver, Herbert Mercieca, 34 of Rabat, continued briefly yesterday by means of an Italian Air Force AB212 helicopter whose pilot attempted to overfly the search area. The operation had to be called off as visibility was low with a severe foggy haze covering the area and due to dangerously high strong winds. …Source

  • 14 Jan 2009: Demand for "best job in the world" crashes website

    The chance to be the caretaker of a tiny tropical island in Australia has sparked so much interest around the world that a rush of applications crashed the website advertising the post. Duties for the so-called "best job in the world" include feeding ocean fish, cleaning a pool and collecting deliveries of mail that arrive by plane. The successful candidate will have to go scuba diving, snorkeling and hiking and enjoy at least 25 nearby island resorts. Thrown in is a luxury three-bedroom home and transportation to and from the island. …Source

  • 14 Jan 2009: P&O Passenger Dies on Scuba Excursion

    A P&O Cruises passenger died whilst on a scuba diving excursion in Tortola, according to an official company statement. The man, who has not been identified, was on a two-week Caribbean cruise aboard the 77,000-ton, 2,016-pasesnger Oceana, which departed from Barbados on 26 December. At this point, the cause of death is unknown. …Source

  • 14 Jan 2009: Sunken trawler net tackled by volunteer divers

    Volunteer scuba divers have started slicing up a massive fishing net that has turned into a deadly trap for all manner of marine life since the trawler it was attached to sank off Southern California. On Sunday, a team of volunteer divers carrying knives and shears began trimming away at the lurking deathtrap. Guided only by flashlights, the team hacked off chunks of netting and lifted these to the surface with air bags. …Source

  • 14 Jan 2009: Diver escapes from sharks jaw

    An Australian man fought off a shark as he snorkelled near Sydney on Monday, freeing his leg from its jaws with a punch. "I just turned and started swinging. I think I got one on him," Steven Foggarty, 24, told local media as he stood on crutches outside hospital. …Source

  • 14 Jan 2009: Search for missing snorkeler continues

    The search for a missing snorkeler at Ghajn Tuffieha continued this morning, with an Italian Military Mission helicopter searching the area. Herbert Mercieca, 34, of Rabat was reported missing by his brother Jesmond at 10.30 p.m. on Sunday and the AFM Rescue Co-ordination Centre immediately launched a search and rescue operation, despite the adverse weather conditions. The sea search had to be called off early yesterday afternoon. His diving float, harpoon and a car believed to belong to him were found yesterday. …Source

  • 13 Jan 2009: See the worlds first underwater cemetery

    Miami Beach, Florida -- When 86-year-old Edith Hink of Naples passed away last year, her family decided she loved the water so much, they'd try something new. Hink was cremated and buried at an underwater cemetery called The Neptune Memorial Reef off the coast of Miami Beach. …Source

  • 13 Jan 2009: Personal Submarines Make Backyard Diving Possible

    Improved materials and electronics are bringing an age-old dream closer to reality: Cruising the depths in your own private submersible. There's a whole world out there to explore underwater, if you have the right ride. …Source

  • 13 Jan 2009: Diver in stable condition after losing legs

    What happened to Rob Murphy has sent ripples through the dive community. Sandra Brammeier who owns Ocean Quest Scuba says, "When I first heard about it I was sick to my stomach." Friday afternoon, Rob was among five divers spearfishing on a reef off of St. Lucie Inlet. He was hit by a boat. The injury was so severe doctors amputated both of his legs below the knees. …Source

  • 13 Jan 2009: Bahamas still reviewing shark diving

    The government in the Bahamas says it is still considering what steps it will take, if any, to regulate shark-diving boats after a tourist was killed last year. The fatal attack occurred along a reef where the crew of a dive boat based in Florida chummed the water with bloody fish to draw in a number of sharks, and divers went into the water without a protective shark cage. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel said Monday cage-free dives continue despite calls for a ban, and the Ministry of Tourism has yet to issue any regulations …Source

  • 13 Jan 2009: Diver finds remnants of French ship that sank in 1875

    A French cargo ship, Veleda, sank off the Orissa coast some 133 years ago, even before the Titanic sank in 1912. Nobody had bothered to trace the Veleda till December 31, when a diver almost touched it. While the state government has slapped a case against him, a Hollywood filmmaker is planning a movie on the ship. …Source

  • 13 Jan 2009: Diver 'critical' after incident

    A 77-year-old woman, diving in the Atlantic Ocean near the Boynton Beach inlet Sunday, became distressed below the surface, the sheriffs department reported. She was rushed to Bethesda Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. …Source

  • 13 Jan 2009: Search for missing diver suspended

    Bad weather has once again forced the authorities to call off the search for Herbert Mercieca, the 34-year-old from Rabat who was reported missing on Sunday. The diver’s harpoon and diving float were found, and his car was still parked nearby. The search resumed on Monday but winds are now reaching gale force. …Source

  • 13 Jan 2009: Boat hits two scuba divers near Boca inle

    Two women in their 20s were hit by a boat while scuba diving in the Atlantic Ocean south of the Boca Raton inlet. The womens injuries were not life threatening, said Bob Nelligan, Boca Raton Fire-Rescue division chief. They were taken to Boca Raton Community Hospital. …Source

  • 12 Jan 2009: Divers cut away at net that has been killing marine life

    Scuba divers working with the Ocean Defenders Alliance have been trying to release a net that has been catching and killing ocean dwellers since the trawler Infidel sank off Catalina Island. …Source

  • 12 Jan 2009: Norfolk man's bizarre underwater ironing world record bid

    Most people dont look forward to tackling the pile of un-ironed clothes in their laundry basket. And for John Lynch the decision to pick up an iron on Saturday ended up with him in deep water. As the 38-year-old from Sheringham laboured over an ironing board, he was 12m under water and wearing scuba gear. Mr Lynch was joined by 130 other divers in a former quarry in Chepstow, Gloucestershire, as he tried to break a world record in the sport of extreme ironing under water. The current holders of most people ironing under the waves or surface is held by 72 Australian. …Source

  • 12 Jan 2009: Diver Injured Off Boynton Beach Inlet

    A woman was injured while diving off the coast of Boynton Beach on Sunday. At about 9:15 a.m., a distress call went out from a diving boat 6 miles off the Boynton Beach Inlet. A female diver was in distress, and the Coast Guard advised the boat to head to the inlet park. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue performed CPR on a diver and then took her to Bethesda Hospital. …Source

  • 11 Jan 2009: River Derwent clean-up

    Tasmanians are being urged to think about the impact littering has on the marine environment. A clean-up of part of the River Derwent near Princes Wharf yesterday was organised by the Environment Department and the Tasmanian Scuba Diving Club. …Source

  • 11 Jan 2009: Divers rescued as boat sinks

    NINE divers have been rescued south of Sydney after their boat sank following a mayday call. The crew of a Westpac Life Saver helicopter have reached the scene off Marley Beach and reported none of the divers were injured. …Source

  • 11 Jan 2009: Diver Loses Legs In Diving Accident

    A tragic accident in the St. Lucie River has left a diver without legs and investigators with questions about exactly what happened. State officials say a Palm Beach County man's legs had to be amputated after being run over by a boat while diving near a popular Martin County park. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro said 26-year-old Robert Murphy was among the divers who were spear-fishing Friday afternoon in the St. Lucie River near Sandsprit Park …Source

  • 10 Jan 2009: Diver hit by boat at St. Lucie River

    State officials say a Palm Beach County man was run over by a boat while he was diving in a park. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro said the man was with a group of divers who were spear-fishing near a busy waterway the St. Lucie Inlet on Friday. …Source

  • 9 Jan 2009: Calgary teacher dies while scuba diving

    Calgary teacher Catherine Ferguson-Hires has died scuba diving off the coast of Hawaii after suffering an apparent heart attack. Police said the 48-year-old was diving of the Big Island of Kona with her husband on Dec. 28 when she stopped breathing, according to the Hawaii Tribune Herald …Source

  • 9 Jan 2009: Divers face trial over shipwreck

    A team of Cornish divers accused of plundering a shipwreck off the Spanish coast is to face trial in Spain. Peter Devlin, from Falmouth, Malcolm Cubin, from Truro, and Steve Russ, from Helston, are accused of taking gold and diamonds from the wreck in June 2002. The men say they were diving for tin ingots from a nearby wreck, for which they had a contract. The men, who all deny a charge of theft, are due to appear for trial at the Court of Santiago on 24 March. …Source

  • 8 Jan 2009: Scallops More Dangerous Than Sharks for Divers

    Water Safety New Zealand and New Zealand Underwater collect data relating to diving incidents. At this time of year the number of divers who get into difficulties while collecting scallops is far greater than any incidents relating to sharks. The privilege of being able to dive down and gather scallops is a summertime pleasure for many kiwis. New Zealand Underwater is urging all divers to dive safely and remember the basic rules this summer so that everyone returns to enjoy the shellfish delicacy at the end of the day, says communications manager Peter Crabb. …Source

  • 8 Jan 2009: Missing diver found alive

    A diver who sparked a search off the Canterbury coast late this morning has been found safe and well. Inspector Michael Coulter said the diver was diving from a small boat near Gore Bay on the Canterbury coast between Christchurch and Kaikoura this afternoon. The boat drifted from the diving area and then broke down. A support person on the boat launched the flare when it appeared the diver had failed to surface. However, searchers found both the boat and diver early this afternoon. …Source

  • 8 Jan 2009: Diver in stable condition after suffering the bends

    The man is in a stable condition after suffering the bends during a dive at Rottnest Island today. The diver is now in Fremantle Hospital’s hyperbaric chamber, having been flown by helicopter after suffering decompression sickness. The man had been diving from a boat near the island and a friend with him called St Johns Ambulance. …Source

  • 7 Jan 2009: Searchers find historic shipwreck

    Researchers are closer to solving an Australian maritime mystery; a team made up of 40 archaeologists, scientists and volunteers has confirmed a shipwreck found on the Great Barrier Reef is that of The Mermaid. The Government ship sank in 1829 south of Cairns while attempting to deliver a dispatch to disband the fledgling Port Raffles community in what is now the Northern Territory. The Mermaid was earlier used to chart northern Australian waters. …Source

  • 7 Jan 2009: Post mortem performed on diver

    A post mortem exam has been held in Auckland on Wednesday on the body of a 45-year-old Northland man who died while diving at the mouth of the Whangaroa Harbour. Murray Pourewa, from Kaeo, could not be revived by his diving companions after he failed to surface. He was found after 15 minutes but police said the best efforts of the other six members of the diving party could not revive him. It was believed he drowned but police said the autopsy would reveal the cause of death. …Source

  • 7 Jan 2009: Higher education in dive tourism now available in NSW

    The Diploma of Resort Management (Dive) is no longer the exclusive property of Victoria, as the William Angliss Institute has announced its plans to implement the unique scuba diving program in New South Wales. The program extends over two years, involving an interesting blend of theoretical and practical training. Students will develop skills in hospitality, tourism management, marine studies, boat handling and of course, scuba diving in all conditions. …Source

  • 7 Jan 2009: Woman survives 20 minutes under yacht

    A woman was trapped under a yacht for more than 20 minutes while her friends clung on for their lives after the vessel capsized returning from a Bass Strait diving trip. Gwen Fisher was stuck under the upturned catamaran after it was flipped by a wave just outside the heads of Port Phillip Bay. Diving companion Rob Laurie went under the boat to find Ms Fisher and stayed with her in an air pocket until water police freed the pair, while their three frantic friends held on to the yacht's hull. …Source

  • 7 Jan 2009: Boat air pocket a lifesaver

    TWO people have been rescued from under a capsized catamaran near the Port Phillip heads. Five scuba divers were aboard the catamaran when it was hit by a wave shortly after 11am yesterday. Three of the five people on board were thrown into the sea. A woman, Gwen Fisher, became trapped under the boat and another person, Rob Laurie, also became trapped when he went to her aid. They survived by floating in an air pocket and were trapped for at least 15 minutes. The three people thrown from the vessel escaped uninjured. …Source

  • 6 Jan 2009: Legends of Diving Press Release

    FREEPORT/LUCAYA, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO), the premiere dive destination and dolphin experience facility located in Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island, The Portage Quarry of Bowling Green, Ohio and The S. C. Public Safety Divers International is pleased to announce the first offshore event for the LEGENDS OF DIVING. Held annually in Bowling Green since 2006, Jeff Rice, Managing Director of the Portage Quarry has attracted notable American diving legends such as Zale Parry, Dr. Sam Miller and Sam LeCocq. …Source

  • 6 Jan 2009: A man is dead after a diving accident in the Far North

    The Whangaroa Coastguard says it was alerted by a passing vessel to a diver who was in trouble. The Coastguard says an ambulance and doctor met the boat when it arrived back. The man was given oxygen and CPR, but could not be revived. …Source

  • 6 Jan 2009: Sunken Lake George wreck has historic value for divers

    True, its the wrong time of year to talk about scuba-diving Lake George. But a sunken boat in one of New York’s clearest lakes has recently National Register of Historic Places. The Forward, one of the Adirondacks first gasoline-powered boats, lies in 40 feet of water near an island on the southern end of Lake George, according to reports in various newspapers. …Source

  • 5 Jan 2009: Diver finds rare undersea basalt columns in Penghu

    Undersea columns of basalt have been found near an uninhabited islet off Penghu County and are believed by the finder to be the only such formations in the world. Jeng Ming-hsiou, a researcher from Academia Sinica, came across the formations in May when he was diving off Dayao Islet — north of the main Penghu island — to study the mass death of fish there early last year. …Source

  • 4 Jan 2009: Case registered against scuba diver

    The state forest department on Monday registered case against a scuba diver for unlawful exploration of a sunken ship off Hukitola coast on the ground that the exploration was carried out without the mandatory departmental sanction. The exploration mission had sparked off a major controversy as nationally-acclaimed scuba diver Sabir Bux had trespassed into prohibited Gahirmatha marine sanctuary while undertaking the underwater sea voyage. …Source

  • 2 Jan 2009: Divers trawl for relics where attack launched by U-boat

    AS DAWN broke more than 90 years ago over the North Sea a U-boat captain gleefully ordered the destruction of the Scarborough fishing fleet. Now divers from Scarborough Sub Aqua Club have discovered the resting places of at least six of the trawlers, recovering three bells, and this year they will be trying to find yet more. The trawlers lie more than 20 miles off the East Coast in water more than 230ft deep and they soon realised that diving to them safely would mean getting a new boat and using a different type of breathing gas to avoid narcosis. …Source

  • 2 Jan 2009: OUCH! Diver spears himself in groin

    OUCH! Mooloolah carpenter Greg Robertson is recuperating in Nambour hospital after a sickening accident in which he speared himself in the groin area with a speargun at Coolum yesterday. The two metre long spear pierced his inside upper thigh, just millimetres from his genitals and femoral artery, and lodged several centimetres under the skin. …Source

  • 1 Jan 2009: Police say diver faked his death in Laguna Beach

    John Sung Park, who went missing in Laguna Beach in September is believed to have faked his own death to evade felony charges, police said today. …Source

  • 1 Jan 2009: Tour boat involved in snorkeling tragedy ‘stable, agile and fast’

    Police have released the name of the snorkeler who died in Shark Bay after being run over by a tour boat on Tuesday. He was Glenn Charles Coles, 25, of Kingsley. The tour company that operates the boat involved in a tragic diving accident at Steep Point today declined to comment on the incident. …Source

  • 1 Jan 2009: SA Police divers menaced by great white shark off Grange

    ANOTHER shark has been spotted off Grange jetty this afternoon - as police divers told how they recently had a brush with a 4m great white in the same area. Senior Constable John Anderson said he and a diving partner were near the Grange tyre reef in about 21m of water about two weeks ago when a Great White came directly at them from the darkness. The creature circled the men for several minutes before disappearing into the darkness, then the nervous divers began their ascent. It was the first time Sen-Sgt Anderson had seen a Great White in 20 years of diving in Britain and Australia. …Source

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