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Another Missing Diver in Cozumel

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by ReefHound, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. ReefHound

    ReefHound PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Houston, TX
    This was reported yesterday. From posts by family, it seems to be in front of Casa del Mar. His FB page lists him as a San Miguel resident and a Coxumel divemaster.

    Here's a police FB post.

    Another foreigner from name Blake Mitchell disappears

    A new case of disappearance of a foreigner was unveiled today, it's about Blake Mitchell who was already on the island and who came out of the place that lived in front of the beach, later he didn't know anything just found his belongings On the beach shore.

    This morning his relatives from the United States attended the fge to file the complaint for the disappearance of the 30-Year-old diver.
    According to the information provided by the family, we lost contact with him from Wednesday, March 13
    They say Blake moved from Oklahoma to the island to work as a diving instructor. The only thing they have found are their things on the beach and their dog at home.
    Ask the community if you have any information you could give with your whereabouts communicate immediately to 911.
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  2. Christi

    Christi PADI MSDT/Dive op owner ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Cozumel, MX
    Reported yesterday - but no confirmed reports seeing him enter the water. Backpack was found at Tikila bech, DM Candidate. He was advised not to do solo shore dives by his Course Director. Missing since last Wednesday. Very sad.
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  3. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    Christi, accepting that we don't even know for sure he shore dove, if he did go in at Tikila Beach (? spelling?), is that a site considered shore diving appropriate, and if not, why not? I don't know anything about it, and would like to have some frame of reference. Might help get a sense of whether the issue was solo diving, shore diving at that site, or what. Thanks.

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  4. cicopo

    cicopo Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    I believe it's an area a bit north of Casa Del Mar / Park Royal to as far up as near Palmar Condos. Very popular snorkeling area for shore & boat loads of snorkelers & shore diving / check out dives etc but lots of boat traffic too.
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  5. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: NYS
    I certainly hope we are not dealing with another missing diver like our dear friend Cameron. It will be so devastating.
  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

    Why would someone going shore diving leave their backpack sitting on the beach? This just sounds odd to me but perhaps it was behind a bush or something?
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  7. Dan

    Dan Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Texas
    He has been missing for a week now sadly. :(
  8. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Tacoma, WA & Channel Islands, CA- USA
    It is a very benign shore dive. I actually did my Divemaster mapping project at Tikila. Depths range from 3 to 30 feet. Close to shore and a long way from the wall and not prone to current. Biggest hazard in my opinion in the small boat pier and boat traffic.

    Here is a crude hand drawn map:

  9. Christi

    Christi PADI MSDT/Dive op owner ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Cozumel, MX
    At this time, these are the only FACTS I know, so I prefer not to speculate on what happened or didn't happen.

    However, it is a standard training location. We all do Discover scuba and OW training dives here. As safe as any shore diving site when procedures and protocols are followed.

    Just please add him and his family to your prayers.

    It's been a rough week for many.
    ScubaJCBS and drrich2 like this.
  10. Brules

    Brules Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Oklahoma City

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