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Is coming across a dead diver, that uncommon?

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

  1. DaleC

    DaleC Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Leftcoast of Canada
    I see you guys found my cave. Gonna have to find a new hiding spot.
  2. BabyDuck

    BabyDuck Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Winterville, NC
    only if they've been in there *a while* but not *too long*.

    dale, try wooded medians. good hiding spot.

    just sayin'...
  3. DA Aquamaster

    DA Aquamaster Directional Toast ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: NC
    Dead body trivia:

    Bodies generally won't float in water colder than about 60-65 degrees. They don't decompose fast enough to overcome the "offgassing" that occurs. So they are ok for lift bag purposes in N FL, but not so much in the frozen north.

    In warm water (80 degrees or so) a large sized male in full decompositional glory can develop 200-250 pounds of lift. Probably too much for practical scooter recovery use as a liftbag. I suspect that also meant the mafia back in the concrete overshoes era had to use lots more concrete down south than up north.

    Marci talks about this a lot, she's put a lot of thought and research into it.

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