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The Hazards of Diving Choppy Waters

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The perils of diving in cold waters and high waves, such as missing buoys and capsized boats, were illustrated on two separate botched diving trips that happened within days of each other in different parts of the world.

On November 12, nine divers surfaced after a shark dive with African Dive Adventures at Protea Banks, near Durban, South Africa, to find their boat was nowhere to be seen. They floated in 13-foot waves and winds of up to 30 knots until they were found four hours later. Apparently, the rope attaching the market buoy to the divers broke off, and the boat captain raised the alarm after he couldn't see the buoy. The strong current had dragged the divers off the site. But the group, experienced divers, kept calm and started swimming toward shore, stopping to rest regularly....

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