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Japanese diver killed by prop - Phuket, Thailand

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by DandyDon, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas High Plains
    Japanese tourist killed by boat propellor in Koh Similan | Phuket Gazette
  2. Diver0001

    Diver0001 Instructor, Scuba

    Nothing in this life scares me ... except propellers.

    Is it clear what kind of a boat she was diving from? There should be more awareness of this issue both on the part of divers and on the part of people piloting boats!

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  3. Dogbowl

    Dogbowl Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Somewhere
    Were the propellers on or off? It says big waves pushed her under the boat towards the propellers.
  4. Diver0001

    Diver0001 Instructor, Scuba

    Dogbowl, if someone receives a serious injury from a propeller then it is on. Mistakes do get made but there is ground to win by making people aware of the risks.

  5. Dogbowl

    Dogbowl Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Somewhere
    Once, I backrolled from a boat in Coz and hit my head on the boat after I hit the water, so I can understand how wave action can drag someone under the boat.

    But propellers are supposed to be off before divers enter the water.
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  6. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    One can get a serious injury from a prop that is off. A big wave can pick up the stern, suck you under, and when the stern comes down it wields the prop and rudder like an ax, even if the prop is off it can cause a lot of damage.

    Props are sharp and ment to slice through water, skin is not that much tougher. I had to unfoul a prop at sea, don't ever want to do it again. Got beat up, but took the time to avoid the prop and rudder.

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  7. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Great White

    I wouldn't want to get hit on the head even with my dad's tiny 25hp outboard's not spinning prop on a timid river. It's not much different from whacking your head on an axe blade.
  8. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    My condolences to the family of the unfortunate victim-- a tragedy that should have never occurred

    On September 22 1962 Darrell Toso was surfacing next to his float and flag in a known dive area at Catalina Island and was struck by a boat severely chopped up by the propeller,
    He survived via a number of fortunate events however his back muscles and right arm were damaged beyond repair to normal function-- not a pleasant sight

    This was the first time a diver flying the red & white diver flag was struck and injured by a boat. In the litigation that followed I was called as the first Expert Witness on the validity of the divers flag and it use.

    We prevailed and Darrel was awarded $138, 000 a tidy sum in 1962
    A few years later two friends struck by a churning propellers and inured

    Bob Maniki , a member of the US spearfishing team was injured and walked with a limp the remainder of his life as did Bob Retherford who developed the first UW signaling system in 1954 (see www.portagequarry.com Legend of diving "Sea Sabres signaling system"
    Spinning or even stationary propellers are extremely dangerous and should avoided at all cost

    Sam Miller,III
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  9. Trace Malinowski

    Trace Malinowski Cave Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Alexandria Bay, NY
    Last summer, a mooring line became fouled in our the prop. I made sure the crew disabled any chance the prop might start. Got a nasty cut anyway. My first thought was, "Wow! If a stationary prop can do this, I can't imagine what a spinning prop could do."
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2018
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  10. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Possibly diving from a "longtail" boat. When I dove Thailand those boats worried me due to the long extension of the driveshaft and prop.

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