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Getting a Post-Dive Call from the U.S. Air Force

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Divers doing drift dives and trips to remote destinations could find it worthwhile to bring along an Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), which, when activated, will send out a distress signal via satellite to identify the position of the user and alert the search-and rescue team. EPIRBs are water-resistant on the surface, but typically they’re not pressure proof, so a diver must protect it in a pressure-proof canister during the dive. Sometimes canisters have their own issues, like flooding, and as Undercurrent subscriber Marc Pinto (Denver, CO), found out, it can cause plenty of action above water while you’re finning blissfully unawares. Here’s his story....


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