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Two dead divers in Amsterdam harbour 'drug pickers'?

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by limbo, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. limbo

    limbo Course Director

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    In an article in the Dutch leading magazine De Volkskrant today Dode duikers mogelijk ‘drugsplukkers’ - Binnenland - de Volkskrant
    it's speculated that two divers that surfaced dead in Amsterdam's western harbour area may have been involved in drug picking off a boat.
    First last Thursday a dead diver surfaced followed by a second one last Saturday.

    The two dead divers were found at a location where Colombian and Venezuelan coal ships anchor frequently and the last couple of years (coal) ships from these countries have been involved in drugs smuggling (cocaine).

    Diving drugs pickers have been caught on two earlier occasions whilst trying to retrieve cocaine torpedoes from underneath a boat.

    The identity of the divers is unknown at the time being but autopsies may help to reveal they identity and nationality.

    Unfortunately the article is in Dutch.
     
  2. danemeyer20

    danemeyer20 Nassau Grouper

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    what the hell is a cocaine torpedo. I know what it sounds like but seems like a big torpedo hanging off the bottom of a boat might be a little suspicious
     
  3. cruiser

    cruiser ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    And what is a drug picker?
     
  4. El Orans

    El Orans ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Like it says, a large tube containing drugs.

    Someone (a diver) who retrieves said torpedoes.
     
  5. Busdiver

    Busdiver NAUI Instructor

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    Sounds like steady work. How did they die?
     
  6. W3tWilly

    W3tWilly Angel Fish

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    Sounds to me like it would be a torpedo shaped object filled with cocaine and attached to the bottom of some huge coal hauling ship. Unless they have divers down there looking at the bottom of each and every ship that goes there, I highly doubt one would be spotted. A hundred lb cocaine torpedo probably is about the size of a person.
     
  7. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly Regular of the Pub

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    Dropping dope and other drugs is a pretty common technique. A boat goes by and drops the goods, which then sink to the bottom. Latter divers come by and bring it up. I have also read where a timer is used so that a ballast balloon is inflated after so much time has passed which then allows easy retrieval. Of corse some of the cartels have built their own subs to transport the goods.
     
  8. limbo

    limbo Course Director

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    Cause of death was unknown and with the autopsy on the divers more insight into the cause of death was hoped for.
     
  9. limbo

    limbo Course Director

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    You ever picked flowers? As already mentioned, a person who retrieves the drug filled torpedoes attached to the bottom of the ships.
     

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