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Man rescued from submerged car sues dive team.

Discussion in 'Ideas and Stories' started by james croft, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. ReefGuy

    ReefGuy Instructor, Scuba

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    We have a car sunk in our training pond. I can open and close the doors with ease (slowly). I know they will open with at least the air from our exhaust trapped, I've never looked to see how much air was trapped, but don't think it'd be very significant. We're practicing hooking the car up in a couple of months, maybe I'll try blowing a tank and filling the cabin roof with air and see if I can still open the door.
     
  2. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    If I wanted a full sized vehicle here on the island, I'd have to wait another 15-20 years since I've never put my name on the list. We can have a single golf cart right away... and that's all I need to transport my dive gear to the park or the dive boat.

    As for this character, maybe he should return to his native country if he doesn't like it here.
     
  3. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Bill, what makes you think that he doesn't like it here? That's a strange assumption...I suspect just the opposite.
     
  4. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    Perhaps he does... but I'm guessing for the wrong reasons (and I'm a flaming liberal)
     
  5. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    Filling the car after the fact is not the same, as it increases the inside pressure making it easier to open the doors. The problem with opening the doors as it sinks is the pressure difference between the pressure of water on the outside and inside until they equalize.

    If the car is sealed it has 1ATM trapped inside, at 6' depth there is an approx 3 psi increase in pressure on the outside of the vehicle. Say the door is 3'X3' or 1296 square inches, that would be 3888# of force keeping the door shut, this will decease until the inside pressure increases to ambient. The air bubble will decrease in size as pressure equalizes and stay inside until it finds a way out.

    He should have been in an old VW bug as they float.


    Bob
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    Always use the right tool for the job. A hammer is the right tool for any job. Anything can be used as a hammer.
     
  6. ReefGuy

    ReefGuy Instructor, Scuba

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    I'm thinking that when I blow the tank, I keep the door open until I feel bubbles, then shut the door and see if I can re-open it.
     

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