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Diver Makes Fatal Mistake During Typhoon Haiyan

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Typhoon Haiyan affected 9.5 million people across the Philippines when it slammed into the country on November 8. In the gathering storm that afternoon, Dutch diver Rinus Hiesalaar, 69, opted to stay put in the diving boat he had chartered with three friends, while his fellow diver wisely sought shelter on Camanga Island.

There were no ominous signs yet of the fury of Haiyan save for the occasional strong winds, fellow Dutch diver Miroslav Johannes Lavaleye told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. "We went to Apo Reef, and had a beautiful day there." But on that fatal Friday, they decided to sail back to Maricaban because of the approaching storm. Along the way, one of the outriggers broke. While they were able to fix it, they decided to "hide" in the nearest shelter, Camanga Island. After dropping anchor, Lavaleye and two divers rode a smaller boat to shore. Hiesalaar stayed in the boat, as did the Filipino skipper and some of his crew members....

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