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September 2017    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Available to the Public Vol. 32, No. 9   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Grand Cayman Scuba Tank Floats 800 Miles North!

from the September, 2017 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

It's not just tiger sharks that get around (Undercurrent August), but evidently, scuba tanks do too.

When a nasty swell hit North West Point of Grand Cayman on January 25th, crashing waves reached Divetech's equipment storage area, dragging several aluminum tanks into the ocean. While some washed ashore or were collected by divers, another wasn't recovered. It drifted out to sea, presumed lost forever.

So it came as some surprise when Divetech's owner, Joanna Mikutowicz, received a message saying that it had been found on a Panama City, FL, beach.

The tank's 800-plus-nautical-mile (1500km) journey took 183 days and makes a good story, but the cost of shipping it back to Grand Cayman outweighed its value, so there it remains, a symbol of the ocean's power.

- Cayman Compass

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