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    October 16, 2011

    Terranea Resort Diving Report

    OK, maybe I should have titled this “Terranea Look Report.”

    A good 30 divers showed up this morning for our traditional Sunday Services dive and debrief; it was great to see a lot of old faces and many new.

    The Cove looked sort of crappy.

    At first glance, conditions looked good, but then after we all stood there and watched some tall sweeping waves come in and wash out, we started to change our minds.

    Yeah, it was doable; you just needed to time it right.

    The water didn’t look that clear either.

    We just stood there, looking at the conditions.

    Everyone stood there, over looking The Cove; one by one everyone eventually called it.

    These are seasoned divers; safe entry and exit would be possible if it was timed right, however at what price?

    The potential of five feet of visibility?

    What about The Point?

    The Point

    Same thing… if you timed your entry right and were quick, it wouldn’t be a problem – if not, you could really get hurt.

    Everyone made their way back to the parking lot.

    Some went to go check out Honeymoon Cove, some went to Veteran’s Park.

    I stayed to do an early debrief with PDP, TwinDuct and Air Force Chris.

    I was told by a diving peer, “Donna (The Hot Biker Chick) really wants to go to Albania with you, but she’s not sure if she can trust you.”

    I’m not sure how to take that – he was either trying to mess with my mind, or somehow I have obtained some kind of an untrustworthy reputation.

    Maybe she is afraid that I will sell her to the Albanian mafia?

    TwinDuct asked me, “So what are you going to do, go home and post that you were here, but conditions sucked… just ’cause you haven’t posted anything in a week?”

    Yeah, that’s it.

    October 5, 2011

    Dive Boat Abandons Two SCUBA Divers

    AFP The US Coast Guard said Tuesday it was investigating a Florida tourism company that left behind two tourists while they were scuba diving.

    The tourists — Paul Kline and Fernando Garcia Puerta — were rescued by a private yacht which found them clinging to a buoy in shark-infested waters.

    “The incident is under investigation,” Coast Guard spokeswoman Sabrina Elgammal told AFP.

    “We got a call that the two people were picked up in the sea and there was no medical harm and they went back to port,” she said.

    RJ Diving Ventures of Miami Beach took a group of 30 people, including Kline and Garcia, in a boat to scuba dive in the open ocean, the Miami Herald reported.

    When Kline and Garcia surfaced, however, they found that the boat had gone.

    “We were in shock,” Kline, 44, told the newspaper. “We could easily have died.”

    RJ Diving Ventures did not respond to requests for comment.

    The two said they clung to a fishing buoy and around 6:00 pm as it was getting dark they were spotted by passengers on a yacht.

    “We could see two divers with all their equipment and an inflated red tube,” the yacht’s capitan Elie Trichet told the Herald.

    “You could notice a strong feeling of relief” Trichet said. “They had been clinging to that buoy for two hours hoping somebody would rescue them.”

    The original article can be found here: Scuba divers left behind in Florida

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