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Diver missing in Tubbataha Reef in Palawan

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by Pao, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. infieldg

    infieldg Nassau Grouper

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    Might mean he went deeper than 35-40m, especially with the deco stop talk, but as the article also said standard operating procedure was to "release his balloon to go up" it's probably just phrasing, and a safety stop.

    Fingers crossed he drifted somewhere remote and is happily chewing betel nuts. That'd be a nice ending.
     
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  2. Land Fish

    Land Fish Barracuda

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    I was in Tubbataha a little over a month ago, and I couldn't help but thinking that it could be me. Not quite rational, I know :(

    Some of the people I dived with were assisting with searching effort soon after the alarm being raised, and it's still very worrying for everyone.

    The water in Tubbataha was so clear and one really has to watch his / her depth quite closely.

    It seems the diving community in the region has been mobilised, and my news feed has seen lots calls and posts urging the coastal villages nearby to watch out for the missing diver, or his gears. Quite heartwarming.
     
  3. CZS

    CZS Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: OKC, OK
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    I'll be traveling to Tubbataha next May, how would you describe the currents in general?
     
  4. Land Fish

    Land Fish Barracuda

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    Similar to many places, it depends on individual dive site. Some sites you'd hardly notice any currents while a few sites you might have to fight the currents. Overall, manageable, I'd say, although you might need to take into account of your experience with currents previously.

    To give you an example, there was a girl with less than 20 logged dives (last minute spot filler), and she was able to keep up with us when the group encountered the worst current of the trip.
     
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