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  • December 23, 2006

    Logged Dive #216 – Lobster Hunting Off The Island Diver

    Lobster hunting off the “Island Diver” boat with the Divevets Group

    Secret Location: 41 20 74 77 65 6e 74 79 20 6d 69 6e 75 74 65 20 72 69 64 65 20 6f 66 66 20 74 68 65 20 53 70 61 6e 69 73 68 20 52 6f 75 6e 64 20 42 65 61 63 68 20 69 73 20 61 20 66 61 72 6d 20 77 68 65 72 65 20 6f 6e 6c 79 20 70 69 70 65 73 20 61 72 65 20 67 72 6f 77 6e 2e

    Solo diving/night diving

    In With: 2700 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 100 feet
    Waves: Light chop
    Visibility: 10 feet, silty
    Water Temperature: Cool, but warmer than the air
    Total Bottom Time: 25 minutes
    Notable Event: One rescue assist/tired diver tow

    Another charter with the Divevet’s crew.

    Everyone dove except Laila, who was the DM and had a cold.

    We had originally intended on going last night, but the swells were too big and the trip was canceled.

    I was one of the first off the boat and went South.

    About half way through I grabbed three lobsters.

    The dive was pretty barren, but I was only looking for lobsters.

    I surfaced probably 100 yards from the boat; it was a long and slow surface swim back.

    Laila and the Captain greeted me; I was the first one back.

    I was double checking my lobsters as Kathy K was climbing back on board.

    In the distance we heard, “Help me! Please help me!”

    Someone on the boat said, “No, please not tonight.”

    Again to the South East, “Help me! please help!”

    I grabbed my fins and jumped in the water; Kathy K followed behind.

    I lost site of the diver and yelled, “Where are you?”

    “Over here.”

    Kathy K ordered him to drop his weights; the diver did, either upon Kathy K’s instruction or beforehand.

    I corrected course and got to the diver.

    The diver complained of breathing problems and needed a tow.

    I started towing the diver.

    I think another diver named Ed made it to us at this time (no relation to ‘Instructor Ed’ from previous posts).

    Kathy K instructed the diver to take the BC jacket (tank, rig, etc) off; she handed it to Ed.

    So now I’m thinking, “How the hell do I tow this diver?”

    Relying on my deadly Jiu-jitsu instincts, I looped my arm underneath his arm pit from his back and kept swimming towards the boat.

    Kathy K initially called over to Captain Alec that, “Alec, we need the boat!”

    Captain Alec responded, “You’re doing fine, just keep coming.”

    Within a few minutes, we were all at the boat.

    The diver regained his breath and eventually crawled on to the boat.

    A Lifeguard boat came to check the diver out.

    There was only one diver in the water by that time and it must have surprised him to see the lifeguards there; they were careful not to run him over.

    The diver didn’t like the oxygen mask and after the Lifeguards talked to the diver for a while, all further assistance was refused.

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