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How Did the Maker of Sharkwater Die?

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Filmmaker Rob Stewart won more than 40 awards for Sharkwater, his 2007 documentary on shark conservation . It was at Alligator Reef near Islamorada, FL, where Stewart, 37, met his end . He went out on the MV Pisces to make closed-circuit rebreather dives around the Queen of Nassau wreck on January 31 with his buddy, Peter Sotis. Both surfaced after the third dive, but while Sotis survived, Stewart did not.

The autopsy report obtained by media last year notes that both men ascended from the dive at a greater-than-normal rate, but the examiner ruled out decompression illness because dive crew successfully treated Sotis with oxygen, and he fully recovered . That would not necessarily have been the case with DCI . Oxygen is usually administered in cases of DCI, but it may not completely resolve it. ...

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