As I have mentioned in previous posts, scuba diving can be dangerous. It can also be one of the most rewarding activities in the world, and can be quite safe if the participants respect the water, engage in proper techniques, and, most importantly, are trained properly. There is also that little thing called common sense, a currency which these divers seemed to have run out of. Whether it is stupidity or improper training or both, mistakes at depth can cost a diver dearly. These people didn’t lose their lives, but probably should have, and that’s why I call this And They Lived.
Whale of a Tale
In a previous blog post I described a case where a solo sailboat captain almost had his boat capsized by a whale. Well, here’s a cetacean close encounter that is even more terrifying. Imagine this: you and a buddy are in the ocean, waiting to submerge for an open water dive when all of a sudden you are surrounded by a school of some very agitated sardines. Then, just as suddenly, a wave crests mere feet away from you, and your heart leaps into your throat when you see a gigantic, gaping mouth breach the surface. As you assess whether or not you need to change your underwear, you realize you almost just became lunch for a humpback. Stunning video.
The Rebreather Incident
Sometimes it’s not stupidity that does you in, but the simple lack of training and understanding of a new technology. Rebreathers are great. They allow divers to go deeper and stay down longer. They filter the air instead of venting it, which means no bubbles, which means better interaction with and stunning pictures of the wildlife. But rebreathers are a totally different animal that a normal O2 tank and regulator, and divers who use them need to be fully trained. Well, these guys weren’t fully trained, and it nearly cost one diver his life. Watch the Video
Shallow Water Blackout
A free diver in Florida tells his story about a day when he very nearly lost his life to shallow water blackout. The tale is a cautionary one, one in which he made a series of mistakes that led to his near downfall. Mistakes like not diving with a buddy, not respecting the conditions, and not listening to what his body was telling him. It’s a terrifying story, one in which he finds himself “Gagging, coughing, gunless and very confused. My arms and legs would not function well and my entire body felt like it was on fire. I was breathing like a scared rabbit and could feel my heart racing in my chest. My mind became suddenly very sharp and very clear. I knew two things. I had just had a shallow water blackout and I was drowning.” Read his tale…
(Not So Much) Love Boat
Now this is really dumb. Didn’t their mothers didn’t tell them not to hang out under cruise ships? I’m not sure exactly why these suba divers are so close to the props of this cruise ship. Looks like one of them is actually doing some sort of underwater repair work as the propellers are sitting idle and the boat looks to be anchored. And then, out of the blue, the props begun to spin and the rudders shift and the boat begins to thrust forward. That’s when the video gets iffy. Fortunately, all divers made it out alive and well, and hopefully wiser for the experience. Watch the Video…
Sources: liveleak.com | spearfishingplanet.com | hse.gov.uk | santacruzsentinel.com