Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by muzikbiz22, Dec 8, 2010.
Anyone know anything about this, click here. I just came across this
Too bad. I hope he's alive on someone's boat and just hasn't contacted home yet.
In the 80's we were there when two divers decided to get a small boat and dive the NW area of the island without a guide. We had always heard that it was not a safe place to dive. They were found dead half way to Cuba. Very sad.
Honestly have not heard about it. I hope that he was found safely on board somewhere!
This happens a lot more often than people realize.
There is a thread on the Cozumel My Cozumel forum that states it was a photgrapher for Dressel.
Hope all turns out OK, but it is not looking promising.
We just arrived home from the Iberostar. Apparently, the diver was 21 years old and was videoing a snorkel trip. He wandered off after a fish (he was diving alone) and did not come back. The snorkel boat searched for bubbles and and then raced back to the dock. All available dive instructors geared up and went out on a search at 5pm Sunday night. They searched as long as sensible and then the military was called in. It was done very professionally and the guys at Dressel were devastated. The weather turned rough and on Monday afternoon, the harbor was closed because of stiff north winds. I do not think that anyone thinks that this will turn out okay. Another example of why no one should dive alone, even in shallow water.
Here are two articles from today's Por Esto ! de Quintana Roo :
Setenta y dos horas son las que se otorgan para la búsqueda de alguna persona perdida en la mar, por lo que este miércoles concluirán las operaciones de rescate del fotógrafo acuático Eduardo Burillo Rodríguez, quien se perdió desde el pasado domingo en las inmediaciones de la zona arrecifes jardines Palancar.
Ante la desaparición de una persona que se dedicaba a la fotografía acuática, con la empresa Dressel Divers que se encuentra dentro del hotel Iberostar, la cual la tarde del domingo realizó el trabajo que le correspondía, de fotografiar a los turistas que usaron el servicio de snorkel y buceo, pero que después de ello ya no salió del mar.
Personal de la Armada de México, a través de Apolinar Cortés, primer maestre en trabajos submarinos del Sector Naval Militar, dio a conocer la mañana de este martes, que son 72 horas las que se otorgan para la búsqueda de alguna persona en el mar, posteriormente de ahí en fuera se determina qué acciones se deben tomar entre todas las autoridades, por lo que este miércoles se concluyen las 72 horas desde que se dio la alerta.
Mencionó que por parte de la Armada de México participan 6 elementos, quienes se encuentran a bordo de una embarcación Interceptora 1407 ALHENA, y la búsqueda de Eduardo Burillo Rodríguez se desarrolla desde el muelle internacional de cruceros, Puerta Maya, hasta lo que es Punta Sur, aunque las corrientes marinas han estado hacia el sur.
Ante lo ocurrido y al no tener respuesta favorable hasta el cierre de esta edición, en la búsqueda de la persona desparecida aún con vida, se espera que ante las corrientes marinas, el cuerpo aparezca hacia el lado sur de la isla, aunque todavía desconocen muchas cosas del desaparecido, como cuál fue la causa de la desaparición si iba con todo el grupo, o qué fue lo que le pasó realmente.
Quick translation :
Searches for someone lost at sea last 72 hours, therefore the searches for the underwater photographer Eduardo Burillo Rodríguez, who disappeared in the close vicinity of the Palancar Garden dive site, will end this Wednesday.
He was taking pictures of tourists for Dressel Divers on Sunday afternoon, and went below the surface but never got out of the water. Apolinar Cortes, from the Mexican Armada, said on Tuesday morning that searches stop after 72 hours, so that all authorities would have to decide about what to do next on Wednesday. He said that, as far as the Armada was concerned, 6 of its members have been involved in the searches, from the Puerta Maya international pier all the way down to Punta Sur. Considering the actual currents, they expect the diver could appear on the south side of the island, but it is unknow whether he was really following the group, nor what was the reason of his disappearance.
Article 2 :
El cónsul de España con sede en Cancún, Javier Marañón, confirmó a POR ESTO! de Quintana Roo que el buzo perdido en Cozumel, Eduardo Burillo Rodríguez, era de origen español y que tenía poco tiempo de haber llegado a la isla de Cozumel. La familia del joven español fue quien se contactó con el cónsul para que se haga la solicitud al gobierno mexicano para que proporcione información.
Primeramente, mediante la llamada telefónica que amablemente aceptó de POR ESTO! de Quintana Roo, el cónsul de España, Javier Marañón, manifestó a este medio que tanto él como los familiares del joven de origen español, quien recientemente llegó a México para bucear, lo importante, dijo, es que aparezca el cuerpo con o sin vida, ya que desgraciadamente no quedan muchas más opciones.
Mencionó que Eduardo Burillo Rodríguez llegó de forma legal al país y que, al parecer, sí contaba con la documentación para trabajar en México de forma legal, pero lo lamentable es que el joven no aparece.
Javier Marañón mencionó que tiene muy poca información de lo que le ocurrió a Eduardo Burillo, y lo único que sabe hasta el momento es que estaba trabajando para la empresa Dressel Divers como fotógrafo acuático, y que salió con un grupo de turistas, posteriormente bajó a tomar fotografías por debajo del agua, pero lamentablemente ya no subió y hasta el momento nada se sabe de él.
De la misma forma comentó a POR ESTO! de Quintana Roo, que ya tuvo contacto con la madre del joven Eduardo Burillo, y la señora se encuentra en España, y a través de ella fue que se enteró de la desaparición de Eduardo, por lo que desde su país se comunicó para manifestarle que su hijo había desaparecido y si tenía información.
Por lo que de inmediato comenzó a solicitar información a las autoridades mexicanas, específicamente a la Capitanía de Puerto de Cozumel, la Armada de México y otras autoridades estatales, pero hasta el momento nadie ha proporcionado más información de la que ya se sabe.
Cabe hacer mención que en la página de Internet Facebook, aparece un mensaje con el nombre de Eduardo Burillo, y con fecha del 17 de septiembre a las 5:14 horas.
Dicho mensaje escrito por el ahora desaparecido dice textualmente: llevaba mucho tiempo dándole vueltas pero al final ya me decidí, me voy a México! aún no compré el boleto pero tengo pensado irme para mediados o finales de octubre. Me gustaría irme al Sur, Cozumel o quizás Cancún, no sé un sitio que haya buen buceo y bancarmela por ahí.
Por lo que se presume que poco tiempo tenía de haber llegado a la isla de Cozumel, e iniciar su aventura dentro del buceo, por lo que se puede apreciar en su fotografía le apasionaba este deporte, pero al no conocer las corrientes marinas y trabajar para una empresa la cual le dio la oportunidad sin conocer mucho del lugar, posiblemente fue parte lo que desencadenó que el joven, ya hasta haya perdido la vida.
Can't translate it all now, still at work. Main facts :
Spanish consul in Cancun Javier Marañón confirmed Eduardo Burillo Rodríguez is Spanish and had recently arrived in Cozumel. He had his work papers in order and was working as an UW photographer for Dressel Divers. The consul is in contact with the family in Spain.
On Facebook, a message from Eduardo Burillo dated from September 17 says : " I've been hesitating a long time but now I took my decision : I'm going to Mexico ! Haven't bought the ticket yet but I think I'm gonna leave around mid- or end of october. I'd like to go to the South, Cozumel or maybe Cancún, some place with good diving".
Wow, that's tragic.
The videographers do push themselves, or so it seemed the couple times I've seen them working with our dive groups: Solo diving, up and down in the water, and such. If he was with a snorkel group, then I would think the risks would be less, but - lost at sea sucks.
So why did you claim that...??
I purchased an HD video rig several years ago and although it is nice to have the video of your dives, I have decided to forego the experience. The last few trips I have not taken the video equipment & have rediscovered how nice & how much more you see not looking at that tiny screen or viewfinder the whole dive. Plus it is a lot safer without it....you can really get wrapped up in it & lose track of your surroundings quickly.
Any update on this guy. I met him recently as we stayed at the iberostar (early November) he video taped my daughters first dive. This is a very tragic thing to happen to a very nice guy.
Unfortunately no, according to Por Esto.
The story in this Friday's edition says searches have been stopped. Authorities have alerted all boats on Cozumel and on the mainland to keep an eye out should the body turn up. Because of the weather conditions, currents have been pretty impredictible/hard to track, so it's hard to say where he might be.
Very sad indeed.
Unfortunate loss. Annlaur, have you read whether he was on snorkel or Scuba?
I'm giving a snorkel review class to my daughter's family in a couple of weeks before they take a cruise down there. (They tried to get me to go but I couldn't do that to myself.) It'll be a review for two of them, first time for our boy from Berlin, who knows about her mom but she met one of her husbands in Hawaii so I hope she has some experience - or will hire a private DM. My main challenge it getting my grandson to take any risks seriously. I will include a warning about Shallow Water Blackout, which I'd never heard of when I used to free dive.
None of the articles specifically say "he was diving" or "he was snorkelling". And the people he was taking pictures of are referred to as "tourists".
I just found an article from Thursday's paper that leads me to believe he was snorkeling/free diving.
In short, the story says the searches had been extended for an extra day beyond the 72 hour legal search, even though at that point there was little hope that he was alive.
A high-ranking official of the Cozumel Marine section is quoted explaining that usually, when a person drowns in the ocean and the temperatures are warm, it takes two or three days for the body to float back up to the surface unless it is stuck/entangled, but that since the weather has been cold, it might take longer.
The fact that they don't mention equipment and only use the term "buzo" (diver) in the titles of the articles and nowhere in the stories themselves makes me think that the disappeared was not scuba diving.
But it's just a guess based on my translation/interpretation of a newspaper article, so don't take my word for it.
Thanks. It was mentioned earlier than he was on a snorkel boat, but I wondered if he might have been on scuba anyway...?
My husband I were at the Iberostar during this tragic event. The photographer was a scuba diver who was out with a snorkel group, doing a video (he was using scuba gear, not a snorkel). I spoke to one of the shook-up snorkelers who said she saw him following something and peeling away from the snorkelers. She figured that was normal and that he'd turn around and come back with them. I believe they were at Palancar Gardens.
PG is such a popular spot to dive, is it still getting the crowds or are they keeping the general public back for awhile. Nobody wants to write in their logbook how they discovered a body on their dive trip to Coz.
I wouldn't mind. It'd be distressing sure, but I'd like to help with the recovery before currents can move him too far away for discovery.
Having stayed at the Iberostar twice, and I did over 40 tanks during the stays, I got to do several dives while someone video'd them. It seemed to be common practice for the videographer to follow interesting things like turtles to help make the video more interesting (as in more desirable for the divers to buy). On at least 2 dives the person shooting the video became separated from the group BIG TIME. On 1 occasion he'd followed a turtle very deep before realizing his situation, and he realized it was a situation & sat out working for a few days. The other time that springs to mind we were at Maracaibo, and we were the only boat there. The videographer had followed something, got separated & was at least 1/2 mile north of the boat in rough waters. Somehow the captain had spotted her, which was good because all of the divers were very concerned until he assured us that he knew where she was & that it was OK to leave the area. It's very easy to find & follow something, especially when looking at a viewfinder or LCD rather than at your surroundings & gauges.
I guess this guy is lost for good? I haven't heard anything.
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