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Stay Away from that Propeller!

from the January, 2017 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

It's often been stated in Undercurrent that the most dangerous thing you are likely to encounter while scuba diving is your own boat. We've had reports of people losing fingers to a dive ladder hinging in a swell, but the most hazardous situation is a turning propeller. If a vessel were to put into gear and back up to a diver making his way to the stern, he could easily be drawn into those revolving blades.

Even the unprotected propeller of a small outboard motor could kill you, so imagine the horror of being in the water near the massive propeller of a freighter when it unexpectedly starts to turn.

Old footage reappeared on a newspaper website in late November of amateur divers casually inspecting the underside of a ship that had evidently gone aground near Miami. Two divers make the mistake of thinking that since the vessel was tied up to a bridge, it wasn't going anywhere. Wrong!

One of the divers, Phil Jaynes, uploaded the clip to YouTube, saying: "We made the assumption that if the ship was tied up, it wouldn't turn on the propellers" and recently responded to comments by saying, "If anyone is still wondering, I'm alive, and yes, we were stupid for being there; kids, don't do what we did." horrific-deep-sea-mistake-underwater-panic-video

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