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Three Men and No Boat

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Three Alabama firefighters who went to Pensacola, FL, for a dive trip decided to dive together off the boat they rented, then paid the price for that mistake by getting separated from the boat and drifting in the Gulf of Mexico for 12 hours. It was supposed to be a quick, 10-minute dive on June 27, but a bad storm turned it into a half-day rescue mission.

Bryan Densel told Alabama TV station WTVM that he, Michael Bass and Jeff Thompson, all experienced divers, headed to a favorite fishing spot 13 miles off the coast. A storm was in the distance, but they expected to be back on the boat long before it arrived. "We went down the anchor rope and we got disoriented and away from [it]," says Densel. "We didn't go far, but the water clouded up so fast."...

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