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September 2023    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 49, No. 9   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Flotsam & Jetsam

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Tracking Divers. It's hard to tell who's who when tracking divers by floats, but Mary Wicksten (Bryan, TX) gave us a tip. "Our local club dives in old quarries and lakes with terrible visibility (3-foot max.!) With multiple groups on the sunken boats or platforms, it's easy to get confused about who is where even if someone tows a float or flag. One diver found the ideal way to track his two sons - they have lines attached to duck decoys! So now he knows that 'Joe' 'is under the mallard hen and 'Jim' is under the drake."

Those Crazy Russian Divers. In the August Undercurrent, our contributor wrote, "The hyperbaric facilities in both Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh have had plenty of experience thanks to the crazy Russian divers who flock there." True to stereotype, a Russian diver, Kristini Osipova (46), went missing in late August after her husband, Yuri Osipov (41), left her at 400 feet (indicated by his computer) as she continued deeper at a reef south of Hurghada. The husband returned to their liveaboard, suffering decompression sickness. The search for his wife was unsuccessful. There were 27 Russian divers on a 10-day diving charter on a vessel reportedly called MY Turquoise. So-called experts were quoted in the Egyptian press as saying, "After 15 hours underwater, there's every chance she may not still be alive!" How insightful....

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