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Was There a Cover-Up in This Diverís Death?

many questions about search-and-rescue efforts for Rob Stewart

from the October, 2018 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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Do you know the legal difference between a "rescue dive" and a "recovery dive?" That is a major matter of importance in the lawsuit over the death of Rob Stewart.

Following up on the story we wrote in our August issue, the investigation into the death of Stewart, the filmmaker behind the awardwinning 2007 documentary Sharkwater, is getting murkier. The Monroe County Medical Examiner has threatened criminal action against the divers who recovered Stewart's body off Islamorada after he died on a rebreather dive with Horizon Dive Adventures in January 2017. Thomas Beaver, the medical examiner, says private divers should not have undertaken the recovery effort -- especially because they were hired by Horizon Dive Adventures' attorney in anticipation of a lawsuit.

Did He Drift, Or Did He Sink?

Four months after Stewart's body was recovered, the filmmaker's family filed a lawsuit against Horizon, contending that the crew failed to monitor and help Stewart after he surfaced and waited to board the boat. He sank shortly after surfacing. Early reports suggested Stewart had simply drifted away, which led to a three-day air and sea search, but in fact Stewart had dropped immediately below the surface....

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