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A Long Swim to Safety

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Last October Undercurrent reported two cases of divers being separated from their boats and drifting in the ocean. In November we told you about yet another case, prompting us to publish an article regarding surface markers that can do a lot to alleviate the stress and reduce the risk of a diver being lost at sea. However, that didn't stop these incidents continuing to happen.

Toward the end of the year, a 46-year-old British diver survived eight hours in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia. He and his buddy were left to swim for it after the anchor line of their unmanned vessel broke and allowed it to drift away. One man finally reached the drifting boat and was able to raise the alarm. It was just as night was falling. Leaving a vessel unattended while you scuba dive is a very risky business....


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