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September 2023    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 49, No. 9   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Four Divers in North Carolina Rescued Far at Sea

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When four divers were missing 52 nautical miles off Cape Fear, North Carolina, it was a diver's flashing emergency strobe that caught the eye of a crew member on a U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 four-engine search aircraft. It was 1:00 a.m., 12 hours after they went missing.

After a Sunday morning dive on August 13, Ben Wiggins (64), Luke Lodges (26), Daniel Williams (46), and his son Evan (16) surfaced in a strong current more than 150 yards from their boat and kept drifting. Willie Carter, Williams' friend and the captain of the boat, Big Bill, who was expecting the divers to surface elsewhere, didn't see them or hear their whistles. Soon, Carter contacted the Coast Guard, which launched a search....

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