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  • November 14, 2010

    Diving Off The Point At Terranea Resort

    Trying to keep a personal promise of diving at least once a week while psycho bitch packs her stuff – at least I’m waiting for her to start packing – I made it down to the beautiful Terranea Resort for a Sunday Services dive.

    Small turnout for such a great day – it was just me, Reverend Al and Nice Bob; a few other divers were there, but we didn’t know them.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #375

    Off The Point At Terranea Resort
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    Dove with Reverend Al and Nice Bob

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Pretty mellow with a few surprises
    Visibility: 10-15 feet
    Water Temperature: 55 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 50 minutes

    My reserve second stage free flowed; I was sure it just needed to get wet, so I kept the air off until I entered the water.

    The tide was low, so we entered in a different spot than usual.

    Entering The Point

    The spot had a big rock that kept us sheltered from the big waves – fins on, wait for a wave, and ride it out.

    The thought of making an entrance at The Point usually scares the shit out of me, because I have seen divers get hurt here – some divers call The Point “wounded knee.”

    Off The Point.

    It worked great and none of us had issues getting out.

    Nice Bob turned my air on and my regulator didn’t leak.

    Nice Bob was going to lead the way, Reverend Al and I would follow.

    Since all three of us were experienced divers here, it was decided that if we separated, it would be “every man for himself” – meaning, there would be no attempt to find one another.

    We looked for lobsters.

    We looked for lobsters – not even seeing any under the rocks.

    I sort of followed blindly, hoping Bob knew where he was going.

    Visibility was sort of silty; on a great day like this I would have expected better.

    Lots of fish and the colorful reefs always make this an enjoyable dive…

    A reef off of Terranea Resort

    A colorful reef off Old Marineland.

    Fish were abundant.

    A reef infected with chicken pox

    A lingcod pets a starfish.

    A lingcod pets a starfish.

    A starfish practices yoga.

    A starfish practices yoga.

    I forgot what these are called, but they look cool.

    I forgot what these are called, but they look cool.

    I dive with a smaller tank than the other two, plus I’m an air hog, so I surfaced about 50 minutes into the dive with 400 psi left in my tank; Reverend Al and Nice Bob continued on.

    I made a surface swim of about 100 yards to the rocky cove.

    I took my fins off too soon, but was patient enough to get pushed ashore to a perfect exit.

    However, I tripped over my game bag and I fell in full gear on the rocky beach; luckily, my shin cushioned the landing by getting smashed against a rock.

    It really didn’t hurt – probably because my years of training to become a cage fighter has rendered me immune to pain – but when I got to the parking lot, I noticed it was sort of swelling up.

    That is my shin, not my knee.

    That is my shin, not my knee cap.

    Small scale debriefing took place with the King Of Beers and the Rev’s beverage assortment, all flavored with home grown lemon.

    Later on, my shin really started to swell up; I’ll try ice and DMSO to bring it down.

    November 7, 2010

    Man Dies In Redondo Beach Diving Accident

    Thank you, Max Bottomtime for pointing this out.

    Man Dies In Redondo Beach Diving Accident

    By Kristin S. Agostoni, Daily Breeze Staff Writer
    Posted: 11/05/2010 01:09:42 PM PDT
    Updated: 11/05/2010 08:36:49 PM PDT

    A diver pulled from the waters off Redondo Beach was pronounced dead Friday afternoon following a rescue operation by county lifeguards, a fire official said.

    The man was one of three people who had been reported missing by a fellow diver after the group dove south of the Redondo Beach pier, said county fire Inspector Frederic Stowers.

    As a six-person rescue team responded to the incident just before 1 p.m., two individuals surfaced in the water, Stowers said. The third diver had to be rescued from the sea and was initially reported to be in critical condition.

    “They brought the body up from about 15 to 18 feet below,” Stowers said.

    The man – whom he could not identify – was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced dead, Stowers said.

    Another diver suffered minor injuries due to exhaustion but did not go to the hospital, Stowers said.

    The group had been diving not far from the Ruby Street lifeguard tower when rescue workers got a call at 12:52 p.m., he said.

    “Apparently a diver who surfaced reported the missing divers. They may have lost their orientation as to where they were in the water,” Stowers said.

    Stowers described the response as “pretty rapid,” given that “by 1:15 p.m., everybody had been accounted for.”

    Joggers and beachgoers in the area stood watching Friday as lifeguards searched the waters with Redondo Beach’s Harbor Patrol.

    The original, full article can be found here.

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