Dive Mishap off of Hawaii Kai?

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  1. HarveyO

    HarveyO Nassau Grouper

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    The evening news had a blurb about a group of divers needing to be rescued off of Hawaii Kai. It sounded like they were adrift and needed to be picked up. It also sounded like everyone came out OK.
    Does anyone know any more about this. I'm particularly curious who the Dive Op was.
     
  2. justleesa

    justleesa Neither here nor there ScubaBoard Supporter

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    hmmmm, first I heard about it....I'm sure the details will spread like wild fire today:D
     
  3. chepar

    chepar Surface Interval Member

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    I heard that it was mentioned on the 6 pm news - but I don't know what station. I looked for it on the 10 pm news but didn't see anything.
     
  4. HarveyO

    HarveyO Nassau Grouper

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    The news report said that they were followed from the air, until they could be towed in by Jet skis and they all refused medical treatment.
     
  5. Cacia

    Cacia Divemaster

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    I just called Joey of the Nori Z...he was out fishing. he says it was probably shore divers, cause he knows all the captains. Evidently there has been a Navy guy missing since last Saturday which explains why I have seen all the fire trucks and heli there in the lot in Hawaii Kai (boat ramp). The guy jumped off the rocks at Spitting Caves and they think he had the wind knocked out of him, he floated on his back for a minute and then a big wave came and no one has seen him since.
    We lose a lot of people at that spot. Sometimes I lay in bed and can see the search spotlights going back and forth over the ocean, flying really low. Sometimes on the dive boat we see people jumping over there, the rock formations underneath would worry me and I like to jump off rocks. It is just so variable though with the tide, being able to recognize where you are on that ledge.
     
  6. justleesa

    justleesa Neither here nor there ScubaBoard Supporter

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    found this on the Khon2 new site
    How are the quotes working Catherine?
     
  7. HarveyO

    HarveyO Nassau Grouper

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    This AM's Advertiser had an article about this. It turns out that 3 visiting woman and a male Dive Instructor did a shore dive off Portlock (China Wall) and could not get back in. According to the lifeguards quoted in the article this happens when conditions are flat.
     
  8. ch0ppersrule

    ch0ppersrule Loggerhead Turtle

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    This is from the Star Bulletin:


    Bystander helps save 4 divers in danger

    A 19-year-old Hawaii Kai man helped three Georgia women and their male dive instructor yesterday out of dangerous surf off China Walls in Portlock.
    The four were under threat of being thrown against the rocks.

    "That guy who jumped in really, really helped," said Ocean Safety Division spokesman Jimmy Barros in a news release.

    City Ocean Safety Division and Honolulu Fire Department rescue crews pulled all five from the rough waters, including the women, two 21-year-olds and a 22-year-old, the dive instructor, 25, and the bystander. The divers were treated for minor cuts and scrapes at the scene.

    After the dive lesson, the women and the local instructor were unable to get out of the water safely onto the rocky ledge with a 3-foot south swell and an easterly wind swell, officials said.

    The bystander jumped in, calmed down the divers and got them out of the surge away from the rocks, the press release said. Other bystanders called 911 for help.

    The area is near Spitting Caves, where rescuers searched for 3 1/2 days for Petty Officer 3rd Class Zachary Ryan Johnson. The search ended Tuesday without recovery of a body.
     
  9. justleesa

    justleesa Neither here nor there ScubaBoard Supporter

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    hmmm....25 y.o. instructor....I wonder.....

    Melissa, are you feeling better? Feeling up to a group dive on the 27th?
     
  10. Cacia

    Cacia Divemaster

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    thanks, mommy, I am a big girl now.



    My heart goes out to the family that lost the guy.

    Hope they find the body. (before I dive)
     
  11. scubamickey

    scubamickey I'm a GIRL!

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    Note to self: Don't pick Spitting Caves as the location for my first shore dive on my upcoming trip.
     
  12. Cacia

    Cacia Divemaster

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    It is a bit of a tricky spot unless you are local, IMO. We get a backwash and some wraparound currents there because it is a lava wall. Really, I am not too enthused about recommending any of our shore dives on Oahu, except Shark's cove and Three tables on the North Shore in the summer. the reason is our currents, and the little issue of getting back to shore.
     
  13. ch0ppersrule

    ch0ppersrule Loggerhead Turtle

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    Electric Beach is decent (we have never had problems with our vehicles there), Pray for Sex was a boring dive for me, the Trench is always a good last resort. I have seen a Manta and Monk Seal at the Trench so I will always give it another shot. Spitting Caves (Portlock) is an awesome boat dive.

    Catherine, when are you going back out on Joey or Alex's boat?
     
  14. ch0ppersrule

    ch0ppersrule Loggerhead Turtle

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    Where are you going out of and what time? I have a dental cleaning at 1:30 (Brittney and I both have a cleaning at that time). Don't know if I can fit in my wetsuit, but I can try.
     
  15. HarveyO

    HarveyO Nassau Grouper

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    The instructor was the part I was most interested in. Thanks for posting the article
     
  16. www.scubamazing.com

    www.scubamazing.com Manta Ray

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    So what do you do when you judge doing a shore dive or not? Or do you just stick to the boats?
     
  17. Shaka Doug

    Shaka Doug Surface Interval Member

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    There are LOTS of things to consider when shore diving here in Hawaii. Whenever possible, hire a local guide. They should be able to read the water conditions and keep you safe. I don't know what happened in this instance but it's definitely easier, safer and more fun if you leave the "heavy" planning up to the Pro's and just worry about blowing bubbles and looking at fish. I'm sure we'll hear more about this one dive and hopefully the mistakes that were made won't happen again.

    I'm sorry to hear about the lost Navy swimmer. Sometimes I think people must forget to respect mother nature and her ocean. When they do, they often suffer serious consequences. There's been too much of that lately!
     
  18. scubamickey

    scubamickey I'm a GIRL!

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    I plan to try Electric beach. Hopefully our rented SUV won't disappear and leave us stranded :)
     
  19. ch0ppersrule

    ch0ppersrule Loggerhead Turtle

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    don't leave any valuables in your rental. Bring only your dive gear and towels. Take your id cards and cash with you diving.
     
  20. justleesa

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