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  • Scuba diver sues after getting sucked into nuclear power plant in Florida

    03/08/2016 5:29:21 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 64 replies
    upi. ^ | March 7, 2016 | Ben Hooper
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., - A scuba diver in Florida is suing a utility company after he was sucked into a quarter-mile-long pipe that took him inside a nuclear power plant. Christopher Le Cun said he was scuba diving off the coast of Hutchinson Island with friend Robert Blake last summer when the pair went down to investigate three large shadows underneath a yellow buoy. "I swam right up to this big structure and it looks like a building underwater. I felt a little bit of current. All of a sudden it got a little quicker and I said, 'this...

    06/08/2015 9:36:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    New Times ^ | 6/8/15 | DEIRDRA FUNCHEON
    For months, hype has been building about a set of 15 giant sculptures that were built and designed to be sunk yesterday off the coast of Deerfield Beach, making an artificial reef for scuba divers to explore. These pieces were eight to 22 feet tall and designed as replicas of the mysterious heads at Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui. But things took a bizarre turn when the barge carrying the sculptures tipped over and sunk on top of them, crushing them all.
  • New snorkeling mask makes breathing underwater a snap (Great idea-With video)

    05/24/2014 10:27:47 PM PDT · by equalator · 32 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 5-22-2014
    The revolutionary idea breaks away from the traditional goggles and tube with a futuristic all-in-one design. Instead of just breathing through your mouth, the Easybreath full-face design allows you breathe through your nostrils too. The head piece allows for a full 180-degree-range so you won’t miss that sea turtle swimming by. It also has a double airflow system that prevents mask fogging, and a built-in component that automatically plugs the top end of the snorkel when it's immersed.
  • Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

    01/15/2014 12:48:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Mind Unleashed ^ | January 14, 2014
    Designer Jeabyun Yeon has created something great. Essentially it turns humans into fish. “Triton uses a new technology of artificial gill model. - It extracts oxygen under water through a filter in the form of fine threads with holes smaller than water molecules. - This is a technology developed by a Korean scientist that allows us to freely breathe under water for a long time. - Using a very small but powerful micro compressor, it compresses oxygen and stores the extracted oxygen in storage tank. - The micro compressor operates through micro battery. - The micro battery is a next-generation...
  • Sharks with Lasers?!? NOT. This Tiger Shark STEALS a SCUBA Diver's $18,000 Camera Rig

    09/17/2013 6:59:01 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | Tuesday, September 17, 2013, | Lizzie Edmonds
    Someone's snappy: Jaws-dropping moment deadly Tiger shark tears £11,000 camera from the grasp of a petrified photographer • Diver Miguel Lasa, 49, was swimming without a cage when the Tiger shark approached • Deadly shark grabbed the specialist, £11,000 camera and swam off • Luckily, it dropped the equipment 100 metres away on the sea floor in the Bahamas • Tiger sharks are the world's second most dangerous breed - just behind the great white • 'It was a great experience but I wouldn't do it again as it was too dangerous,' says Lasa This snappy shark was clearly not...
  • Diving Icon’s Ashes Spread Off Key West ~ Christian J. Lambertsen 'the father of combat swimming'

    03/10/2012 4:16:28 AM PST · by Elle Bee · 32 replies
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | March 10, 2012 | ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff
    Diving icon's ashes spread here today Inventions touched all uses of scuba, re-breathers BY ADAM LINHARDT Citizen The ashes of the man responsible for developing what evolved into the most advanced scuba systems used by today's Special Operations Forces, as well as leading marine researchers and explorers, will be spread this morning in the waters off Key West. Christian J. Lambertsen was a medical student in 1939 when he invented his Lambertsen Amphibious Respirator Unit (LARU), a forerunner of modern dive re-breathers used today by the Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs and deep-sea explorers. Lambertsen died on Feb. 11...
  • Man to face Alabama trial in wife's diving death

    02/13/2012 6:50:58 AM PST · by Lady Lucky · 9 replies ^ | 2/13/2012 | Jay Reeves
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A dream honeymoon to scuba dive on Australia's Great Barrier Reef turned into a terrible nightmare, and the horror is about to play out years later in a courtroom in Alabama. An Alabama man who already served prison time in Australia after pleading guilty to a reduced charged in the death of his bride goes to trial Monday, accused of murdering her for insurance money. Tina Thomas Watson drowned during a scuba dive on the reef just days after her wedding in October 2003.
  • Attention Sailors Living Aboard on the Hook

    11/11/2011 11:03:45 AM PST · by STD · 3 replies
    Hi FReepers, I'm posting in order to locate FReepers who are living on board a sailboat in or around Florida. We are thinking about a retirement sailing around the Carribean on what's know as the 'Grand Tour' which would take us in a big loop down to Columbia and back. Should this part of the trip go by uneventably boring, we could transit the Panama Canal and run down the Pacific coast of S. America.
  • Dominatrix Probed in Bizarre Scuba Death of CEO

    09/19/2011 1:07:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | September 13, 2011 | Larry King
    Upper Darby police have yet to close their inquiry into last month's odd death of engineer Peter Stelzenmuller. That is partly due to how and where Stelzenmuller was found: clad in a scuba suit in the corner of his attic. Investigators are also intrigued by the bizarre history of Stelzenmuller's girlfriend, Edythe Maa, who reported finding his body Aug. 18, Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. In 2008, Maa was working as a dominatrix when her boyfriend, a New York lawyer, was fatally shot near her Philadelphia apartment by an angry former client. The killer then kidnapped and sexually assaulted Maa...
  • Deep Sea Dog: Russian Teaches Dachshund to Scuba

    07/05/2010 11:04:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 5, 2010
    Any dachshund owner knows the feisty breed rarely backs off from a challenge, but one in Russia is taking that reputation to new heights — or depths. The dog named Boniface is learning how to scuba dive. Owner Sergei Gorbunov, a professional diver in the Pacific Coast city of Vladivostok had a diving suit complete with helmet made for the dog and is teaching him the tricks of the trade. In a recent demonstration, Boniface barked eagerly as Gorbunov readied the equipment and uncomplainingly endured being hung upside-down as Gorbunov fitted the suit on him.
  • Marijuana smugglers stopped in Ariz. sewer

    02/27/2010 10:00:11 AM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 449+ views
    Federal authorities say a person wearing scuba gear apparently tried to sneak two bundles of marijuana across the Mexican border through a sewer system. Border Patrol agents operating infrared cameras noticed several individuals illegally crossing into Arizona using a sewer outlet near Douglas on Friday. The Douglas Station's bike patrol went to the sewer system and saw one person carrying two bundles that were suspected to be marijuana. That person was wearing a wet suit and scuba gear and was wading through waist-high water with the bundles. The person saw the agents, dropped the bundles and began wading back toward...
  • Sara Campbell, 'part woman, part fish', regains freediving record

    04/03/2009 5:31:22 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 59 replies · 4,706+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | Jacqui Goddard
    A British woman pushed the boundaries of human endurance to new levels yesterday as she dived 96 metres (314ft) below the surface of the Atlantic and back again on a single, very deep, breath. Sara Campbell — “part woman, part fish” — broke the world record in the extreme sport of freediving, whose participants dice with death by submerging themselves to lung-crushing depths without breathing apparatus. Holding her breath for three minutes 36 seconds, she went deeper than any female freediver has gone before without weights or equipment to hasten her descent, or an airbag to speed her back to...
  • Dive company 'abandoned' British Tourist in Shark-Infested Waters

    01/29/2009 3:10:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 677+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Jan 2009
    Last May, British scuba diving instructor Richard Neely and his girlfriend Allyson Dalton were left stranded in the open ocean for 19 hours when the Pacific Star returned to land without them. The pair floated helpless in the sea overnight before they were eventually rescued. The Pacific Star's owners AP Vessel Management Pty Ltd, which trades as OzSail Skippered Yacht Charters, were charged with breaching the Workplace Health and Safety Act by neglecting to ensure all of their customers had returned to the boat before leaving the reef. Mr Neely and Miss Dalton were among 20 passengers on the Pacific...
  • Bridegroom Gabriel Watson charged with wife's scuba-dive murder

    06/21/2008 7:04:12 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 130 replies · 662+ views
    The Times ^ | June 21, 2008 | Staff
    An American tourist was charged with murder yesterday for allegedly drowning his bride of 11 days on a scuba diving trip on the Great Barrier Reef during their honeymoon. Christina Mae Watson, 26, died while diving on a shipwreck near the northeastern Australian city of Townsville while her husband looked on. Daniel Watson, 31, of Birmingham, Alabama, had claimed during police interviews that his wife had panicked a few minutes into the dive. He said that as she thrashed around in the water, she grabbed hold of his mask and pushed it off his face. He later described seeing her,...
  • Divers missing since 1978, identified

    07/24/2007 7:43:29 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 20 replies · 1,663+ views
    KARE 11 ^ | 23 July 07 | AP/KARE-TV
    The U.S. Embassy in Greece says DNA tests have identified the remains of three American divers missing since 1978 while exploring underwater caves. Two of the divers will be buried in Minnesota, where their parents are from. The remains of U.S. Air Force Sergeant Donald Michaud - along with 20-year-old Airman Jan Granroth and her 21-year-old brother Mark Granroth - were identified after extensive DNA analysis by the Department of Defense Armed Forces Medical Examiner. Funerals for the Granroths are scheduled for August fourth in Sebeka, about 45 miles northwest of Brainerd. Jan and Mark Granroth grew up in Sacramento....
  • Diver down, alternative style in Sweden (medieval/renaissance shipwrecks are waiting!)

    07/08/2007 12:56:17 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 5 replies · 508+ views ^ | 07/06/2007 | Anders Porter
    Despite challenges such as darkness, limited visibility and cold temperatures, the waters in and around Sweden offer unique opportunities for underwater exploration. Worlds away from the warm, clear waters of the tropics, Swedish diving is in a class of its own.
  • Threat Matrix: June 2007

    06/01/2007 7:57:59 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,578 replies · 18,999+ views
    British Intelligence: Al-Qaida Expanding -Full Story- British intelligence officials said they believe that al-Qaida has a secure base in Pakistan's Waziristan region and is planning terrorist operations.The group is reaching out to Muslims in North Africa, The Telegraph reported. Last year, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, an Algerian terrorist group, merged itself into al-Qaida, a move announced by Osama bin Laden's chief lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a tape promising action against the "apostates" in the Algerian government and "the treacherous sons of France."Al-Qaida is also believed to be planning expansion into Lebanon and Syria, the newspaper report...
  • FBI Enlists Help of Scuba Instructors

    06/27/2007 4:56:33 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 300+ views
    AP/YAHOO ^ | 6-27-07
    The FBI is asking the nation's scuba instructors to watch for potential terrorist threats. The agency's Joint Terrorism Task Force recently alerted dive shops around the country to look out for divers seeking advanced training, including diving in murky water and in sewer pipes. FBI spokesman Richard Kolko described the advisory as routine and said it was not prompted by any threat. The advisory asked instructors to be aware of "odd inquiries that are inconsistent with recreational diving." That includes advanced navigation techniques, deep diving and the use of underwater vehicles. "It would definitely stand out," said Ken Loyst, who...
  • FBI Issues Scuba Industry Alert Over Requests For Specialized Training, 'Nefarious Activity'

    06/25/2007 6:03:31 AM PDT · by Rb ver. 2.0 · 71 replies · 2,007+ views
    Washington, D.C. (Jun 22, 2007 16:51 EST) The purpose of this advisory is to provide situational awareness to the scuba industry regarding behavior that may indicate an individual(s) is involved in nefarious activity. The following threat indicators, taken in isolation, generally reflect legitimate recreational and commercial activities. In combination with other information, they can indicate possible links to criminal behavior. Please note, the below indicators are not an all inclusive list, these indicators represent a baseline that could possibly indicate suspicious behavior. Training Indicators Requests for specialty training, including odd inquiries that are inconsistent with recreational diving. These may include:...
  • Dive on Spiegel Grove wreck off Key Largo turns deadly for 3

    03/18/2007 12:14:32 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 22 replies · 1,199+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | March 16 2007 | Sun-sentinel
    KEY LARGO -- Three divers died on Friday while diving on the Spiegel Grove ship wreck, the Monroe County Sheriff's office said. In an e-mailed statement, Becky Herrin, spokeswoman for MSO, said the three men were part of a four-man team that was diving on the popular wreck from the commercial dive boat Scuba-do. All were reportedly advanced certified divers and planned a penetration dive into the sunken wreck. That's when something apparently went wrong. ``These wrecks can be very confusing inside,'' Herrin said. ``There's a lot of places to go wrong. None of the four divers were immediately identified...