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Angler charged after pulling up diver

Discussion in 'Diving Litigation' started by trtldvr, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. dadediver

    dadediver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dade county Fla./
    I think the dive flags defeats the purpose of a combat diver.
  2. tracydr

    tracydr Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina, 3 miles from South Carolina
    Yesterday, we went diving in Lake Pleasant. (Jax, hubby and I). The regular dive spot was closed off and we were directed to a small cove with a parking lot and boat ramp around the corner outside the cove (close). There were two or three dive classes going on with several flags in the cove.
    Apparently, this is a favorite beach ramp for those who don't want to wait in line for the regular ramp. While Jax and I were doing our last dive, my husband stopped 3-4 people from unloading their boats or jet skis into the cove, right next to the flags. He politely explained the 100 yard distance required by state law, (cove was much smaller than 100yds) and suggested they go to the adjacent boat ramp. He also explained that there were several dive classes with many divers under the surface and how they could injure/kill a diver, even with a large sailboat/no motor. (head injury) I can tell you that my husband was very polite although getting progressively more frustrated by the minute. The instructors for the classes were anything but polite and yelled at quite a few more boaters.
    You can imagine the idiotic and even hateful comments some of those boaters gave him. Some just gave a deer in the headlights look and continued to unload boats, to which my husband would let them know that he would take down their license and report them. Other boaters (already in the water) were entering from the back of the cove ( the nearby boat ramp had a backup so boaters were coming around the corner to use this cove as an alternate loading ramp). We would yell to the boaters that they needed to stay one hundred yards from the flags, to get out of the cove, everything. Many simply kept coming. Jax, at one point hollered "somebody call the police" in an attempt to get a boat to turn off.
    Sometimes, I think dive flags are magnets to boaters rather than deterrents. For those that dive in areas with boats, be careful and treat that surface as an overhead environment until you're sure it's clear!
  3. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    To answer some of the questions posed here:

    Ali had the reel locked off and clipped to her as she drifted/swam through the water. The problem wasn't the reel, but the line had come loose and looped around her wrist. When the fisherman pulled the line, she was one handed, as one arm was wrapped in line.

    Ali is not a fed. She is State of Florida.

    The support boat was anchored 100 feet away from the commercial fishing boat. The operator was on the support boat. Ali had a buddy.

    The plan was not to go charging up to the commercial fishing boat. Everyone at the State research lab knows how much commercial fishermen hate them. Plans change in the water.

    In Maine and New Hampshire it is illegal to take lobster on scuba or freediving. If you happen to be scallop diving near someone's trap string, you will be forced to show your goodie bag to the fisherman at gunpoint. The lobsterman knows that all those damn kids are taking lobster right out of the trap. I grew up in a lobstering family. I've actually seen lobstermen dynamite each others boat offshore because one guy set his traps in another guys "secret spot". Wooden boats don't take dynamiting well. Those guys are crazy, as are all commercial fishermen. I got out at a young age, and never went back. The Hansons on the Northwestern are gentlemen compared to most of the commercial guys I know.
  4. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    His boat should become a new dive site
  5. Mitchell Teeters

    Mitchell Teeters ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cookeville, TN, (AKA God's Country)
    Ok, she is one step below. Still a gov't employee. I'm not saying she didn't deserve the attention, just that by virtue of her position she gets more attention from the fellow gov't workers. Seems like if the lobster men are playing like that, a Glock in a chest holster would be in order. And I'm not a poser by the way.
  6. fdog

    fdog ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    Just another day in the Tahoe Benchmark:


    All the best, James
  7. debajo agua

    debajo agua Captain

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Tampa
    Idk but if I had to guess, the real origin of this story started the day earlier, when granny rode grandpa's ass all day.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2012
  8. diverdoug1

    diverdoug1 Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Florida (via Texas and New York)
    Not that it matters in the eyes of the law, but I wonder which boat was there first. The guys in the FWC boat were real dicks if they anchored 100' away from a vessel that was already fishing, and splashed divers. (no excuse for pulling a dive flag though).
  9. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    This is a known mutton snapper spawning aggregation site. The commercial fishermen were targeting muttons at the time when they are making more muttons. There were about 7 boats anchored in the same patch of water. The FWC guys were the only non-consumptive boat there. Who are the dicks now?????
    Mr. Black and shoredivr like this.
  10. nimoh

    nimoh Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Rochester, MN
    if only this picture were enough to convict :)

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