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Divers lose boat, no pilot left aboard - Florida

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by DandyDon, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I know that some do it, but I cannot imagine leaving a boat empty at sea without a trained driver. Then they split up! So much more could have gone so wrong. And I don't guess these survivors will bother with PLBs even now.

    https://www.bradenton.com/sports/outdoors/article237903004.html
     
  2. Altamira

    Altamira ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Another "s---- for brains" boat owner. But, I am happy stupidity did not kill them.
     
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  3. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer Solo Diver

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    I truly hate to like this post. . . This happens too often and really is inexcusable to have an unattended boat on the surface with divers in the water. They are extremely lucky. Hopefully others will also learn from this too often repeated example.
    :(


    ps: I'm also truly happy they all survived and are well.
     
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  4. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I saw in a different article that one of the 3 divers said that she had a PLB but had left it on another boat.
     
  5. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

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    Didn’t someone else make a post about this recently? I remember reading some quotes and such in it
     
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  6. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yes. I think I saw it in the Near Misses forum.
     
  7. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Some are applauding the swimmer who went to retrieve the boat, but I don't like separations in lost-at-sea cases. Then the two who stayed behind got separated. The Coasties certainly saved the day.
    Every boat needs its own PLB, and every one of these survivors needs to take one diving as well. They're relatively new technology, but so affordable now.

    Or with it a Nautilus radio? There was no one around to call was there?
     
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  8. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @reefrat recently posted about a dive op on Grand Cayman that did not leave a competent individual on the boat.
     
  9. divinh

    divinh Photographer

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    Diving in Bora Bora and Ishigaki, I found this to be common practice, the guide anchoring the boat and everyone enters the water without someone left onboard. Land was within swimming reach, not open water.
     
  10. NothingClever

    NothingClever Barracuda

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    I think I’ll rule out diving from a pilotless vessel from my future adventures.
     
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