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Is coming across a dead diver, that uncommon?

Discussion in 'Cave Diving' started by shoot2retrieve, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. shoot2retrieve

    shoot2retrieve Registered

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    I just finished watching NOVA's extreme cave diving. Was pretty neat to me however I am not an actual cave diver. In the video, in one of the caves they come across a dead diver that is down to bones, and whats left of the gear. Does this happen, regularly? By regular, I mean as often as a mountaineer, does on Everest? For the record I haven't climbed everest either, nor even mountain climb, but I have watched a lot of documentary's on Everest. Curious, whether they are left for the same reasons. Would definitely be a pretty ominous object to come across, and would definitely bottom out my geological high!! Here's the Video that I'm talking about http://video.pbs.org/video/1405567128/
     
  2. ucfdiver

    ucfdiver DIR Practitioner

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    I just set them off to the side so they're not in anyone's way. It's kinda annoying in the popular caves where sometimes you'll have to move 5-10 bodies around to get in the cave.
     
  3. Cave Diver

    Cave Diver Divemaster

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    I'm not sure which show you're referring to, but I can't recall anyone I know (which combined amounts to thousands of hours of cave diving) that has come across an unknown dead body. Typically when a diver is reported missing, a search team looks for and recovers the body within a short period of time.

    There are a few exceptions, such as David Shaw running across the remains of a diver in Bushman's Hole, but that was a previously known fatality, it was just too deep to attempt a recovery at the time the diver went missing. Maybe this is the show you saw?
     
  4. shoot2retrieve

    shoot2retrieve Registered

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    Ha, ha, ucf
     
  5. Doppler

    Doppler Dive Equipment Manufacturer

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    No buddy, it is far from common... in fact, extremely unlikely under ANY circumstances save those where a team or diver is prosecuting a body recovery.
     
  6. Cave Diver

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    UCF is just joking. There's no way he'd just move the bodies out of the way without salvaging their gear first.
     
  7. diver 85

    diver 85 Solo Diver

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    The 1st few bothered me, but you get used to those things after a while-------lol


    but,........................................I think it's really unusual
     
  8. DarkCoffee

    DarkCoffee Divemaster

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    I believe that the remains encountered, during the NOVA episode, were known and that the family requested that they remain in the cave as the final resting site.

    There is a fairly extensive thread about the show on one of the tech/cave sites, with participation by one of the videographers who worked on the show.
     
  9. shoot2retrieve

    shoot2retrieve Registered

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    Ok, the way they made it seem to me was like this was just another dive finding a feller. Thank you for the clarity. I would expect nothing less than some awnryness from a group of divers than enjoy doing what you guys do, but all in good fun. :mooner: Again, thank you.
     
  10. Can't swim

    Can't swim Contributor

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    Shoot2, not on your topic but
    I like the quote below!

    The saddest sight in the world is a dog bowl that has outlived its dog

    He is your friend,your partner, your defender, your dog.
    You are his life, his love, his leader
     

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