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Two Scuba Divers Make All the Wrong Moves

Discussion in 'Diving Print & Digital Media' started by Greenjuice, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. Greenjuice

    Greenjuice Contributor

    Just came across this article from a month ago. Not sure if the event has been posted before, but there are some lessons to be learnt, if not just really basic ones...

    Two Scuba Divers Make All the Wrong Moves
  2. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    This story is fiction.
  3. caruso

    caruso Banned

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Long Island, NY
    Scuba Diving Magazine, the company that publishes "Lessons For Life" including the one that is the subject of this thread, states on their website and in their magazine that their "Lessons For Life" column documents true incidents, only the names and possibly the locations and other identifying facts are changed for privacy purposes.

    I've read all of them and some of them I recognize from news articles, such as the recent multiple fatality on the Spiegel Grove when the group used floating chemical light sticks to mark their progress as they penetrated deeply into the wreck without the proper equipment and training. The ones I recognize are always accurate.
    Sam Miller III likes this.
  4. RyanT

    RyanT ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Maryland
    I don't buy it. One of their articles had a diver spend 74 minutes at over 100' on a single 80 with air. A SAC of 0.5 and having deco gases would require double that amount of back gas alone.
  5. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    Having been personally involved in more than one of the incidents later examined in Lessons for Life, let me just say that they are taking 100% poetic license after the initial sentence.
  6. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Jersey
    Having personal knowledge of one of their reported incidents", let me back up @Wookie 100% that their stories are not even close to reality. A survivor of one of them is a close friend and his account differed so much from that reported, it was hard to recognize that it was the same story. (It was).
    FinnMom likes this.
  7. KeithG

    KeithG Contributor

  8. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    Even the one in the Sea of Cortez where a solo diver was attacked by hundreds of Humboldt squid, fights them all off, after having a failure of his primary air source and switching to a SpareAir at 200 feet? And lives? Cuz that one sounded pretty believable to me.
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  9. yle

    yle Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern California
    haha... the story is about Jack and Diana... Mellencamp wrote a song about them when they were teenagers. Now we know what happened to them in their 30's.
  10. Soggy_Diver

    Soggy_Diver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SW Ontario
    Re the Jack and Diana Lesson for Life:

    I seem to recall years ago a ScubaBoarder, who was involved in the discovery of two deceased divers, posting an incident very similar to this one. I can't find the post, but I think that the details in common were:
    -male and female, inexperienced divers
    -male's BC didn't hold air
    -entangled in the descent line
    -regulators out
    -female dropped her weights, male did not
    -initial rescuers tried to pull the divers to the surface using the descent line, which broke

    I wonder if this is that incident, with some details changed. The same "Lessons" would still follow from the incident. Maybe someone can point us back to the original incident report.

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