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Just Drop It!

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It's my belief that David Graves left the escorted group of divers he was with during the last moments of the dive and went off on his own to take one final photograph. Sadly, it was to be his last. He ran out of air and, at 60 feet deep, he struck out for the surface. The Suunto computer he was wearing did not record the time he spent between five feet and the surface, but it recorded everything else. Whether he made it to the surface or not, he dropped and drowned for sure. Graves was a recently certified diver who had made a previous dive trip to Malaysia, so he was not totally inexperienced, but why did he drop? When we recovered his body, all his equipment was still in place, including his weight belt. If he had thought to drop that, he would still be alive today....

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