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April 2018    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 33, No. 4   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Solutions for Rescue When Lost at Sea

they are not as simple as you might presume

from the April, 2018 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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Being injured or lost at sea is a problem that can occupy many discussions among divers. Internet forums are always busy with armchair experts espousing what should have been done to expedite a swift rescue whenever a diver gets lost.

But, the real-world scenarios are what counts. Today, many divers carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) and have faith that should they need to trigger it, international rescue services will come into play, and they will soon be picked up by a Search & Rescue helicopter. It may be true if they are near civilization, but many divers now visit more remote places like Cocos Island and Raja Ampat.

Avi Klapfer, the founder of the Undersea Hunter Fleet, has taken around 18,000 divers to dive Cocos Island during the last quarter of a century. Cocos is 330 nautical miles from the Costa Rican mainland and requires a 36-hour journey from the home port of Punta Arenas. His present fleet includes Sea Hunter and Argo. We asked his thoughts.

"In the case of Cocos Island, or [similar] areas, out of regular governmental search and rescue zones, it will take any team a day or more to arrive at the location. This is the best-case scenario, where rescue coordinators can actually intercept a navy ship with such capability."...

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