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The very first recovery. A little graphic

Discussion in 'Ideas and Stories' started by Gary D., May 9, 2004.

  1. cool_hardware52

    cool_hardware52 Dive Equipment Manufacturer


    I don't know the area well, but my friend's house is on a bluff above the river. This area is in a bend in the river directly opposite a low island that has many houses on it. If I had to guess I'd say it's ~ 5 mile below the lake, and ~8 miles above the dam.

    Dave (my friend) did mention I might be longing for Southern California on about January.....

  2. Gary D.

    Gary D. ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Post Falls, Idaho
    Does Harbor Island ring a bell?
    It is the triangle looking area. It doesn'r look like much of an island here but it is. It's about 4 miles from the lake and a little less from the dam. I just live about 3 miles northwest of there and a mile and a half from the river.
    If he has lived there very long he's most likely seen us cleaning up a mess. Been quite there for a couple of years.

    Gary D.
  3. terenceg

    terenceg Angel Fish

    life's closer to movies than we least expect. a very good experience you are sharing. bless them souls
  4. DiverG

    DiverG Reached My 2nd Goal!

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Houston, Texas, United States
    I believe that under these circumstances even if it had been a rope hitting the sailor he would have been just as dead.

    Gary tell me if I'm wrong.
  5. cool_hardware52

    cool_hardware52 Dive Equipment Manufacturer


    I haven't refueled Destroyers at sea, but I have rigged many heavy loads. I've parted hemp ropes myself and have been present when a wire rope (cable) parted. Very different. Wire ropes are like springs, hemp ropes don't store anywhere as much energy.

    Parting a wire rope is like breaking a stretched rubber band, breaking a hemp rope is like pulling a piece of yarn in two.

    The sound a overloaded wire rope makes just as it fails makes a lasting impression.


  6. teknitroxdiver

    teknitroxdiver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Hudson Valley
    You're right. A cable that parts under high load will move fast enough to shear off whatever is in it's path. I'll let you think of what that might be. A rope on the other hand is less likely to do this. I saw a 2" rope snap and hit a guy in the shins, and thankfully it didn't break his legs. Of course, I've never seen someone drop their pants and cry for Momma so fast, but still, he was okay.

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