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    November 12, 2017

    Dive Report – Death Off The Oil Rigs

    I’m on a roll; I wanted to get back into the water again.

    Plus, I promised to bring some North Korean wine and mushrooms to barbecue for debriefing.

    I’m returning to my old macho self – all I have to do now is get back to cage fighting, but I just have a feeling I will get my ass beaten down more so now, than before.

    At least my beard isn’t coming in grey.

    Anyway, I made it down to Terranea resort a little before 8 am.

    It was very obvious that we were not going to go diving.

    I met Reverend Al, Jeff, Nice Bob and a diver named Jiles.

    Big waves off of Terranea Resort.

    Foam off the point at Terranea Resort.

    I don't think we'll be going.

    Checking on the conditions.
    Jeff and Reverend Al confirm my judgement.

    Even the cove looked shitty.

    Looking for illegal aliens and terrorists!
    The NSA looks for illegal aliens and terrorists off of our coast.

    On the radio this morning, I had heard that there was a diving accident off of the oil rigs.

    One diver apparently had an uncontrollable descent and disappeared, another diver got the bends and had to go to the hyperbaric chamber at Catalina.

    Jiles apparently was on the trip, so I can give you a third or fourth hand account of what happened.

    It was on the Pacific Star dive boat that was chartered from some Meet Up group.

    Two buddy divers were diving off the Elly oil rig when one of the divers, who was in his 50′s, lost consciousness.

    His buddy noticed that he did not have his regulator in his mouth and was descending rapidly.

    The buddy chased him, trying to put the regulator in his mouth and make him buoyant.

    The unconscious diver just kept sinking; at 170 feet the buddy couldn’t do anymore and did a rapid ascent to the surface to get help.

    The buddy was flown by the Coast Guard to the Catalina hyperbaric chamber.

    According to current local news, the Coast Guard had found the body of the other diver in more than 200 feet of water.

    A toast to no diving!
    A toast to no diving!

    We will try the North Korean debrief barbecue the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

    Local news regarding the diving tragedy is here:

    Dead Body of Missing Diver Recovered Off the Coast of Long Beach

    Update: Search for diver missing off Long Beach coast suspended on Sunday

    November 5, 2017

    Back In The Water – Finally!

    I woke up to a solid blue swell map around Palos Verdes.

    Even the slight rain couldn’t be an excuse to stay away.

    Calm seas at Terranea Resort.
    I arrived at 7:30 am – it was calm.

    A couple of divers in the parking lot commented if they should be concerned that there are no other divers around.

    I told them that we usually meet at 8 am.

    “So, we’re not going to come out all glowing from Fukushima?” he asked.

    “I can’t promise you that,” I responded.

    I met some of the regular crowd – Reverend Al, Randy, Ben and Rob.

    They agreed to take an inexperienced diver such as myself.

    Diving off the point.
    Everyone made an easy entry off the Point.

    Back in the ocean!
    Back in the ocean!

    Logged SCUBA Dive #506

    Dove with Reverend Al, Rob, Ben and Randy

    The Point off of Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3100 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 66 feet
    Waves: Calm with mild swells against shore
    Visibility: 10-20 feet but silty
    Water Temperature: 64 degrees
    Air Temperature: 82 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 44 minutes

    This was a routine dive from the Point to the Cove.

    Diving off of Terranea Resort.

    Diving off of Terranea Resort.

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    Diving off of Terranea Resort.

    Sheephead off of Terranea Resort.

    Diving off of Terranea Resort.

    Diving off of Terranea Resort.

    Diving off of Terranea Resort.

    We surfaced and had to do a surface swim a few hundred yards to an easy exit.

    Kayakers off of Terranea Resort.
    Kayakers off of Terranea Resort.

    O'm back!
    I brought a can of Budweiser with me on the dive; the can was mushy at 60 feet and was too warm to drink when I got back on land.

    Traditional debriefing!

    Traditional debriefing ensued!

    I plan to be back next Sunday with my the ghetto grill and North Korean wine and mushrooms.

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