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Lobster hunting free diver dead - Laguna Beach cove, California

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by DandyDon, Oct 2, 2019.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Man free diving for lobster at Laguna Beach cove dies after suffering cardiac arrest
     
  2. RTC'83

    RTC'83 DIR Practitioner

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  3. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Barracuda

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    I can see that beach from my house. Never been diving off the beach there but have dove off my boat in that cove for lobster many times. It is located just south of the southern end of the MLPA (Marine Life Protection Act) boundary and is usually pretty productive for bugs early in the season. Saturday was opening day for lobster here but I didn't make a beach dive because the surf was too big in that area. Sorry to hear of such a tragic loss. Mark
     
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  4. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

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    I wonder what the basis is for this:
    When you die, your heart will stop, whether cardiac arrest is what killed you or not. Ditto for respiratory arrest. I wonder if perhaps they simply had no better explanation and so assumed this was the cause, or whether a more in-depth investigation will follow and official cause of death hasn't actually been set?

    Not that definitive answers are always forthcoming in these tragedies.

    Richard.
     
  5. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    A good reporter, will make up a good headline, regardless of the facts. If it's too hard to find the facts, just make them up, notice that
    now I haven't figured out if his mistake was not taking an oxygen tank, or it was a description of freediving.


    You take media reports much too seriously.


    Bob
     
  6. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Barracuda

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    I'm sure we'll eventually find out what happened. If we are going to speculate then Shallow Water Blackout is usually on the top of the list barring cardiac event, stroke or just plain panic after ingesting some sea water by accident. We get a lot of once a year divers/freedivers for the opening of bug season. I have no idea what this poor guy's experience level was. The State recently moved the opening from Midnight to 6:00 a.m. because too many folks were jumping in at zero dark thirty without any night diving experience, ocean conditions be damned, and ending up at the pearly gates. If I hear any more from the local lifeguards I'll post.
     
  7. stretchthepenn

    stretchthepenn Barracuda

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    Just FYI, most news outlets don't have reporters write headlines. Reporters may suggest headlines, but editors are the ones who write headlines.

    Here's a link to a NY Times article that explains their procedure: How to Write a New York Times Headline
     
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  8. Jim Tolly

    Jim Tolly Garibaldi

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    Hello,

    I saw your comments on Ryan Huff's diving accident in Laguna Beach recently. He was a close friend of mine. In regards to experienced level he was a highly experienced diver for sure and in great shape. I know he often competed as well. Everyone is so confused on what happened and why. I am not sure who he was with but it sounds like there were two others. I know he always carried full gear including wrist knives etc. and usually wore a body cam. I've been searching for answers, even though I know they won't bring him back :(
     
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  9. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

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    Thanks, Jim. Welcome to Scuba Board. If you're following the thread, and perhaps other Accident and Incident threads, please bear in mind we often speculate about what may have happened in an effort to learn cause & prevention for situations we may encounter in diving, even if they aren't what contributed to (or maybe in some cases had anything to do with) a fatality.

    Your description of his diving background and capabilities informs the discussion, and it's appreciated.

    Richard.
     
  10. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Barracuda

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    Hi Jim, so sorry for your loss. I'd be interested in hearing the information that develops from the investigation. Unfortunately, we have lost a number of highly experienced divers over the years off our beaches. We try to learn from these tragic events to make diving safer for everyone. Thanks for posting. Mark
     

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