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Scuba diver dies after being found floating at Kurnell, NSW, Australia

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by Sir-Dive-A-Lot, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. Sir-Dive-A-Lot

    Sir-Dive-A-Lot Angel Fish

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    Another death this weekend in Australia, this time at one of Sydney's more popular shore dive sites.

    Scuba diver dies after being found floating in water

    Another report, with photos of the police recovering some gear:
    http://www.theleader.com.au/story/1824609/scuba-diver-dies-at-kurnell/?cs=1507
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013
  2. roturner

    roturner ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It's my sad duty to inform users that we have reason to believe that the diver in question was one of our moderating staff.

    Quero

    We have no specifics regarding what happened. Needless to say this has made a very deep impression on all of us and I would like to implore people not to speculate and to await further factual information.

    On behalf of the Scubaboard staff,
    Rob

    ** MOD POST: **


    Note: Due to the nature of this discussion, this is not the thread that friends and family are looking for.

    Friends and family are advised to visit the following thread: http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/passings/467334-rip-quero.html
     
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2013
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  3. NetDoc

    NetDoc Chairman of the Board

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    This diver’s identity has been confirmed by her dive buddies and I was promptly notified. We don't know all the details just yet, but the dive community lost one our brightest stars. Via con Dios, Marcia Fisk Ong, aka Quero, one of my Advisors.
    Many of us who knew and
    respected her will abstain from discussion in this thread. Suffice it to say that the Marcia’s last moments were spent doing what she loved - scuba diving.

    Please visit this thread in Passing to express your condolences.
     
  4. tracydr

    tracydr Divemaster

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    Any details yet? I realize this is going to be hard to discuss but I'm surprised nobody has started a discussion on this,yet.
    Perhaps we're just in shock,still. I'm wondering if the fact that Quero was just learning to use her drysuit and admittedly struggling with it could have had something to do with this.
     
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  5. LetterBoy

    LetterBoy he who lacks empathy ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I was just coming to see if there were any updates....

    wonder if any of her dive group were from SB.

    ---------- Post added October 8th, 2013 at 01:32 PM ----------

    I found another article on www.smh.com.au but of course my tablet crashed and I lost it...

    Didn't say much, but did mention a camera being pulled from the water.
     
  6. Dive Bug Bit Me

    Dive Bug Bit Me Solo Diver

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    If I were part of the dive group, I'd be out getting drunk trying to pretend that the last 48 hours of my life never happened.

    I suspect we will see a full report, but it may be a while yet.
     
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  7. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The camera found by police divers was mention and shown in some updated news stories.
    Nothing to discuss yet. Just no info presented to be discussed.
     
  8. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

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    Would anyone be willing to share a little bit about the dive site where she was found?
     
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  9. Pedro Burrito

    Pedro Burrito Moderator Staff Member

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    [h=1]Scuba diver?s death off Kurnell still a mystery | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

    Scuba diver’s death off Kurnell still a mystery[/h][h=2]By Sheree Mutton [/h]Oct. 8, 2013, 4:26 p.m.
    Police are still investigating how a scuba diver died yesterday morning at Inscription Point, off Kurnell.
    The woman, 62, believed to be an American, was diving with three other people about 10am.
    She was found unconscious and dragged to shore near the monument at Captain Cook’s Landing Place.
    A witness tried to revive her but she was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
    Miranda police crime manager, Detective Inspector Shane Woolbank, said the woman was a competent diver with more than 15 years’ experience.
    ‘‘There will be an examination of the diving equipment, particularly the air tank to see if there were any faults,’’ he said.
     
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  10. diversteve

    diversteve mod

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