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How Good Are You at Knowing if a Diver Is Drowning?

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As we've reported in past stories about drowning divers, people within a few meters of the victim often have no idea it is happening. The most recent unfortunate example came to us in a letter by Undercurrent subscriber Bob Latif (London, England), who was on a Sardine Run dive in Port St. Johns, South Africa, last month when a young Korean diver was lost, presumed drowned, while diving from a boat close to his.

"From what I understand, she was relatively inexperienced. I was told she jumped into the water and immediately lost a fin, which was recovered by another diver and passed to her. She was also holding a camera. I presume she neglected to inflate her BC and panicked, failing to drop her camera or the fin to recover her position."...

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