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    November 27, 2011

    Terranea Dive Report

    I’ve had a bad head cold and congestion for the last two weeks, so I’ve had to stay out of the water.

    Popping Sudafed and keeping my body hydrated with The King Of Beers hasn’t done a thing to shake this cold, except making me feel sort of strung out.

    To stay in the local diving loop, and bless my fellow local divers with my presence, I showed up to do shore support for our regular Sunday Services dive.

    Not many divers – a couple from Dive N Surf, three sort of strangers and four regular Diveveters.

    No females.

    It was a great day – very flat water with the air temperature in the mid-70s.

    Reverend Al, Chipper, Military Bob (back from Chicago, on vacation) and Ted made a safe, but boring, entrance off The Point.

    And likewise, they all made a safe, but boring exit at The Cove.

    Lobsters were spotted in the shallows and visibility was said to be 10-12 feet, with reports it got to as good as 20 feet in some areas.

    There were migrating whales in the distance.

    One of the divers was saying that he heard the whales speaking to one another – something that he had never heard before.

    It was later discovered that the “whale cries” were Ted just humming in his regulator.

    Debriefing followed, or in my case continued, as usual.

    I took the time to get used to my new camera; the video is below.

    To view this video on YouTube, click here.

    This week I’m going to try Chicken Soup and Sudafed to try and shake this cold and hopefully be back under the water next weekend.

    November 12, 2011

    Separate SCUBA Diving Deaths Deemed Accidental

    Written by Susan Shroder from Sign On San Diego

    SAN DIEGO — The deaths of two men in separate scuba-diving incidents have both been determined to be accidental, the Medical Examiner’s Office said.

    Autopsies were done on both victims. Results of autopsies can be delayed due to toxicology tests. Examinations are also done on diving gear.

    The body of Jimmy Somphirigna Tanovan, 35, of Oceanside, was found Oct. 9 floating in rocks near the shoreline of the Children’s Pool in La Jolla. The other diver, James Daniel Kinane, 56, of San Diego, died on July 2, the Medical Examiner’s Office said.

    The autopsies determined both men also had cardiovascular disease, a medical examiner’s investigator said Friday.

    A man who had talked to Tanovan several hours before his body was found said that Tanovan had told him he was going diving for lobsters.

    Kinane had been diving with friends off the coast of Mission Beach when he was found in distress at the surface of the water, the Medical Examiner’s Office said. His friends jumped in the water to help him, but he became unresponsive.

    Paramedics and lifeguards from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department tried to revive him, but Kinane was pronounced dead at lifeguard headquarters.

    According to a published obituary, Kinane was a U.S. Navy veteran and a volunteer diver with the California Science Center.

    Tanovan also was a Navy veteran and was a musician, according to a memorial post on

    The original article can be found here.

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