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July 2022    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 37, No. 7   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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An Opinion about Liveaboard Safety

who’s driving the boat while you sleep?

from the July, 2022 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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The luxurious liveaboard, the Pacific Fleet's Vortex, an ex-Canadian Coast Guard vessel, ran into the shallows of a remote island at cruising speed during the night of May 9. It was packed with sleeping divers. An Undercurrent subscriber, Marissa Eckert, who runs Hidden Worlds Diving in Tulum, was onboard the Vortex and told Undercurrent what happened.

The Vortex"We were crossing from Roca Partida to Socorro Island overnight. The captain had the boat on autopilot. One crew member was on watch from 10-12 pm, and he told us all several times that no one came to relieve him, so he just went to bed....

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