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Palm Beach diver loses arm as group hit by boat - Florida

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by soldsoul4foos, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. Steelyeyes

    Steelyeyes Manta Ray

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    If I see a vessel headed my way I try to make eye contact with the operator. Sometimes it works. Sometimes not. Once my adult son (commercial salvage diver at the time) and I were shore diving in Cozumel. Two dive boats approached headed north after their dives, I assume. We made sure they saw us by waving. Their initial course would have put them close but they'd have passed. Right after that their course altered so there was zero angle on the bow, they were headed directly to us and we started swimming 90 degrees to their course and prepared for a rapid descent. Just as we were venting our BCDs the boats made a sharp turn to port and the operators gave us the one finger salute. We made the rest of our transit submerged.
     
  2. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
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    Were you on your SMB?
     
  3. BRT

    BRT Giant Squid

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    When shore diving in places that may have boats my plan is never to come up in open water. I consider the surface a hard ceiling and the only reason I would come up is if I were in an emergency situation and had no choice.
     
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  4. Altamira

    Altamira ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    There is a good chance they thought you were in distress since you were waving, hence the course change to you.
     
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  5. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    Depends on the wave, I use the same one hand slow wave the same way I would if in my boat. A greeting, and acknowledgment that I see you, I'm ok, have a good day.

    Sometimes, since divers are uncommon, they do come by and chat. I try to give them a good experience if they do, as it helps me, and other divers, over the long haul. In lakes I point out I can't take their fish, the fact that the fish are not afraid of divers, and where I've seen them while diving. I haven't received a one finger salute yet.


    Bob
     
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  6. divezonescuba

    divezonescuba ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I think that there are irresponsible boaters and captains everywhere including Cozumel.

    Last year a small vessel passed almost directly above me at high speed while I was on my 20 foot safety stop. I had a 6 foot fully inflated dsmb above me.

    Don’t clip a dsmb to any part of your body.
     
  7. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The OK sign is one or both hands above your head making a O. The emergency sign is waving one or both hands above your head. Perhaps your message was misunderstood. I ask again, were you on your SMB? Perhaps your signal was misunderstood? Waving means an urgency.
     
  8. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Unfortunately, that's diver-talk, not boater-talk.
     
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  9. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yeah, so maybe diver and boater talk should be the same?
     
  10. jeffsky29

    jeffsky29 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Delray Beach, Florida
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    None of my boating friends know the scuba ok signs. Even if they took a recreational boating course, I don’t think is is taught. I have to check 6 pack or Captains course, I don’t remember it being taught there either.
     

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