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St. Lawrence River recovery - Ontario, Canada

Discussion in 'Accidents & Incidents' started by DandyDon, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
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    Search turns to recovery of scuba diver in South Stormont
     
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  2. knives

    knives Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kingston,Ontario, Canada
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  3. Divingblueberry

    Divingblueberry Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Montréal
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    That is very sad indeed.

    I did that dive twice for my AOW and was planning to do it again soon. I am very curious to learn more about what happened.
     
  4. melanie.

    melanie. Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ontario, Canada
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    From my understanding Ron (Seaway Valley Divers) cancelled the regular Wednesday dives to go help in the recovery search. I can't count how many times I have done that dive.... sad to hear. I haven't heard any details yet
     
  5. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    50,974
    5,824
    The news article offers very little information as usual. Maybe you can share anything you pick up locally. The story doesn't give us any clues on the accident trigger, but this remark suggests part of the problem: "One of them surfaced, the other one didn’t." I'm guessing here, but it does sound like "meet you at the bottom/surface" diving vs "real buddies dive together, all of the way."
     
  6. melanie.

    melanie. Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ontario, Canada
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    I wouldn't say that site is simply "stay together or come up". There is a ton of boat traffic there, and it goes pretty sharply down to hard bottom around 70 ft. Difficult current to swim against. You can't just come up if you lose a buddy, you have to make to it shore first because it would be a very, very tough surface swim (if you don't get hit by a damn sailboat). It is common here that if you lose a buddy, you finish your dive, or meet later in the shallows/on way to shore.

    Here is a dive site map to explain... Depending on where they separated, it could be 10 mins to get back to shore. As the news article stated 2 vehicles parked there, I am assuming they didn't drift from one of the islands upstream and rather did their entry from the tree. I almost always enter from the exit point, its easier to swim underwater than surface. That's a 7 minute hand over hand swim to give you an idea of time against the current
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  7. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    50,974
    5,824
    Yes, I flew to Montreal and drove to someplace upstream from there once (the name escapes me) for a weekend of diving. Lovely area and great diving, and I remember the warnings about surfacing with boat and even ship traffic.
     
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  8. ajtoady

    ajtoady ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Hammond, NY
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    So sorry to hear of this. My condolences to the family and those close to him.
    What is not mentioned, is the river is at high levels and the current is faster than usual. I believe they have increased flow again at the power plant facility and that would also increase current being that close to the dam.
     
  9. alphakry

    alphakry Registered

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: United States
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    I am very close with this diver and he is a titan in the industry... out of respect to the family, friends and co-workers, I do not want to share his identity until it's been officially announced... but this is an incredibly sad day for us and for the industry.
     
  10. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    50,974
    5,824
    Such is not allowed on this forum anyway. Very sorry for your loss.

    If you can share what you learn in time, it might help others. For now, the best for friends and family of the deceased usually is talk it out with trusted friends or professionals - not stifle.
     

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