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Dive boat capsizes, spills 9 divers - Victoria Canada

Discussion in 'Accidents & Incidents' started by DandyDon, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor Trainer ScubaBoard Supporter

    It was a 22ft open aluminum boat with high freeboard and was well within it's laod limit. Guess the Vancouver Sun was wrong. Also coast gaurd report 6-7ft waves not 10.
    As decompression mentioned above, he and I were both members of the club at one time and I for one have done many trips on that boat.
  2. aaen

    aaen Solo Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: Nanaimo, BC
    Holy crap! Glad to see everyone was okay. This hits close to home as many of us probably know the divers that were on the boat.


  3. LowDrag

    LowDrag Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Portland, Oregon
    Definintely glad to hear they made it back safe Kudos to the rescue team and to the divers and crew for keeping their cool in a bad situation.
  4. soldsoul4foos

    soldsoul4foos ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Portland, ME
    Look, don't get your panties all in a bunch. My point is, boats just don't 'flip over' out of the blue. Having a bunch of divers on board, I can't imagine putting the boat in a position where it could even consider going under. If they hit something, that would be reasonable in my mind.

    On the fishing...we can fish inshore or offshore. I find offshore more fun.

    Lastly, I'd love to see a picture of this boat. Whether it be 22' or 24', with 9 people, 6 or 7' seas consistently, is a pretty uncomfortable ride.
  5. Hawkwood

    Hawkwood MSDT ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: NA
    Geezus, even I should have thought to question that report. Seemed stupid small in hindsight. Thanks for pointing out the correct size.

  6. Shinythings

    Shinythings Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Vancouver Island
    As Dave said it would take a lot to sink that boat. I was out in the area as well but we chose not to do a second dive at Race because of the weather forecast and experience level of the divers in our boat. The guys from Aquarius are very experienced divers and know the local sites.

    And once again, the Nautilus Lifeline saves the day.

    ---------- Post added November 17th, 2015 at 12:32 AM ----------

    I have been at Race Rocks in similar weather fully loaded with 8 divers in a similar sized boat, and although it was a hairy ride, we came no where near capsizing.
  7. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor Trainer ScubaBoard Supporter

    From a first hand report I heard they were in a following sea, leaving the dive area and after the third wave broke over the stern they were swamped. One diver donned gear and went into the overturned boat to retrieve a waterproof VHF radio in the cockpit and was able to call for help.
    Pretty heroic if you ask me.
  8. jbomb001

    jbomb001 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: norther new york
    I'd like to see a pic of this boat loaded as well. Even at 24 feet it seems to me it would have been rather full. I have a 27 foot Boston whaler center console and with 6 people on it with gear it's a full boat. And I would not go out in it with that many people in 7 footers. Not on the great Lakes anyway. Idk much about sea conditions on the open ocean or whether or not there is any difference in wave frequency. But here on lake Ontario 7 foot waves generally come one after the other and it's not likely you will see any boats out on that. Maybe if your in the 30 plus foot range but no way anything under that.

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  9. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    Their dive site says it's a 20 ft boat. The site is restricted, but got this from the preview...
    Or this from Aqaurius Dive Club located in Victoria, British Columbia V8Y 3H2, Canada
  10. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
    20'.....sure. Memory fading....

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