Nautilus LifeLine Ltd. is proud to sponsor SUDS (Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba)

Nautilus LifeLine Ltd. is proud to sponsor SUDS (Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba) who held a special fundraising event this past weekend in Florida.

SUDS Diving Mission:

“Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS) is designed to help improve the lives of injured service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. By training the warriors in a challenging and rewarding activity it can help facilitate the rehabilitation process and promote mobility. Offering this venue provides the service member with a sport they can enjoy during their rehabilitation and throughout their life.”- Suds Diving, Inc. (www.sudsdiving.org)

Special thanks to the Organizers, Eric Voss & Lindsay Kaye, for bringing this together with a variety of sponsors and a great group of people to raise funds for such a worthy cause. 2014_Apr_7_SUDS

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Human remains with possible shark bites could be missing diver, WA police say

Police believe a diver missing off the coast south of Perth may have been killed by a shark, after human remains were discovered with possible shark bites.

Michael McGregor, 38, failed to resurface after diving with two friends several kilometres off Dawesville Cut, about 80 kilometres south of Perth, early on Saturday afternoon.

Water police have been searching for the missing diver since Saturday.

PHOTO: Police say human remains found with apparent shark bites are probably those of the missing diver. (WA Police)

Water Police divers yesterday found human remains believed to be that of the missing man close to the dive site.

In a statement, police said a preliminary investigation “indicates the male may have received shark bites”.

However, they stressed the cause of death remained unclear and his friends did not see any shark attack.

Fatal shark attacks in WA since 2000

  • Surfer Chris Boyd: Gracetown Nov 23 2013
  • Surfer Ben Linden: Wedge Island, July 14 2012
  • Diver Peter Kurmann: Geographe Bay, March 31 2012
  • Diver George Wainwright: Rottnest Island, Oct 22 2011
  • Swimmer Bryn Martin: Cottesloe Beach, Oct 10 2011
  • Surfer Kyle Burden: Bunker Bay, Sept 4 2011
  • Surfer Nick Edwards: Gracetown, Aug 17 2010
  • Snorkeler Brian Guest: Port Kennedy, Dec 27 2008
  • Snorkeler Geoffrey Brazier: Abrolhos Islands, Mar 18 2005
  • Surfer Brad Smith: Gracetown, July 10 2004
  • Swimmer Ken Crew: North Cottesloe, Nov 6 2000

 

If Mr McGregor was taken by a shark it would be the first fatal attack since the State Government introduced baited drum lines off the WA coast in January.

Water police and volunteer marine rescue boats, together with a police dive team and helicopters, have been scouring the area since Saturday.

Police said further investigations were continuing and a report would be prepared for the coroner.

The waters off Western Australia have seen an unprecedented number of fatal shark attacks recently – including six fatal incidents in just over two years.

The last fatal shark attack in WA occurred in November, when surfer Chris Boyd was taken near Gracetown in the state’s south-west.

Professional abalone diver Greg Pickering survived an attack near Esperance in October.

Meanwhile, a woman has been taken by a shark off the New South Wales far south coast town of Tathra.

Chris Armstrong, in her 60s, was swimming with a group between the wharf and Tathra Beach about 8:20am (AEDT).

The swimmers were about 100 metres offshore when they saw Ms Armstrong taken by what they believe was a shark.

According to the Australian Shark Attack File, there have been 85 recorded “unprovoked” attacks, 18 of which were fatal, in WA in the past 100 years.

Original Article:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-02/shark-attack-possible-near-perth-wa-after-human-remains-found/5363130

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Police search for diver who failed to resurface near Mandurah

POLICE will resume a search at first light for a diver who went missing off the Mandurah coast on Saturday.

A Fremantle Water Police spokesman said concerns were growing for the welfare of the 38-year-old Peel man who failed to resurface from a dive 5km offshore from the Dawesville Cut, just south of Mandurah on Saturday afternoon.

The missing man is reportedly a local who knows the area well and is an experienced diver.

The spokesman said a group of five friends arrived at the location late yesterday morning and the missing man had dived once before disappearing.

The group contacted police about 1.30pm when he failed to return to the boat.

“They’re obviously quite distressed themselves and so are the family,” he said.

Police are using four-wheel-drives to search the shoreline between Dawesville and Halls Head, while an air search would resume at first light after being grounded on Saturday afternoon due to “rough weather”.

Search teams involved today include a Surf Lifesaving helicopter, Peel Water Police, Fremantle Water Police dive team, Mandurah Water Rescue Group, Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group, Fremantle Sea Rescue and the departments of transport and fisheries.

Poor conditions hampered the search on Saturday with divers pulled from the water, police said.

Marine police are coordinating the search from Fremantle, through an incident commander on the Peel water police boat that is combing the search area.

Original Article:

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/police-search-for-diver-who-failed-to-resurface-near-mandurah/story-fnhocxo3-1226868582005

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Safety first — and always improving.

ps_january2014Steve Maday and Peter examine their Nautilus LIfeLines – standard issue (no charge unless lost) for all diving guests.

The combination of radio and GPS is part of our multiple redundant safety systems for diving the Galapagos Islands.
Each diver has a SMB (Surface Marker Buoy) and Dive Alert.

Now, each diver will also carry this combination 2-way radio and GPS emergency locator(Nautilus LifeLine Rescue Radio).

Safety first — and always improving.

Full newsletter:
http://www.galapagossky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/January_2014.pdf

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New MMSI Information from Australia!

We are pleased to advise that AMSA recently held a meeting with ACMA to discuss the Diver Handheld VHF DSC transceivers and the requirement to provide a MROVCP. It was agreed there is no requirement in Australia to provide a MROVCP for the owner/operator of the device if operating from a boat of whom is being operated by someone who is qualified. If the person is operating from the shore then they must be suitably qualified.

Diver Handheld VHF DSC transceivers

Effective as from November 2013, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) does not mandate a marine radio operator certificate prior to the issuing of an MMSI for personally attached diver VHF radios, that offer a digital selective calling transmit capability, and limited voice communications. This presumes that the radio operator in the diving boat (mother vessel) is qualified. In the case of lone divers not operating from boats, the requirement for a marine radio operator certificate remains.

For more Information please visit www.amsa.gov.au/mmsi

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The Best Life-Saving Gear – Nautilus Lifeline Featured in Sport Diver Feb. eNewsletter

2014_Mar_sportsdiver
NAUTILUS LIFELINE (Slide 6 of 10)
Surface-signaling devices are considered a must-have safety item for many divers, and the Nautilus Lifeline takes that concept to a new, ingenious level. A combination GPS receiver and VHF marine radio, it gives divers the ability to speak with boats up to eight miles away. Plus, the system will broadcast GPS coordinates of the diver’s location to nearby vessels. A tough polycarbonate housing is rated to 425 feet and easily attaches to a BC’s D-ring. Battery life is 24 hours in emergency mode and, even better, there’s also a strobe. nautiluslifeline.com

Read full article:
http://www.sportdiver.com/gear/accessories/best-surface-signalling-devices?cmpid=enews022614&PodID=030&spMailingID=20364534&spUserID=NDcxNzE0MTU2OAS2&spJobID=261529185&spReportId=MjYxNTI5MTg1S0

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Kamloops couple survives as dive tour boat sinks within seconds off Mexico

Kamloops couple survives as dive tour boat sinks within seconds off Mexico

Breaking News

Photograph by: Vancouver Sun ,

KAMLOOPS – A Kamloops couple believe they were seconds from death during a scuba diving expedition in Mexico.

Diane Barry and her husband, Tim, were on a one-day diving excursion off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico, when one of the divers failed to surface.

The tour group was waiting aboard the boat while two other divers went down to search when Barry says without warning the small craft took on water and almost immediately listed heavily.

She says the captain abandoned the three divers below and tried to move the boat to shallower water but the engine flooded and the little vessel tipped on its side, trapping the Barrys and one other

person in the cabin.

Barry says she thought she was about to die but her husband hammered open a cabin window and pushed her out, then followed, along with the third person.

All aboard survived last week’s incident, floating for 90 minutes on a life jacket raft before being rescued, and the Kamloops couple has returned to Canada, but Barry says she doesn’t know the fate of

the missing diver or the two searchers.

(CFJC)

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Rescued Bali diver tells harrowing tale of survival in rough seas

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

BALI, Indonesia–While drifting in stormy seas off the island of Bali, Saori Furukawa and six other lost Japanese female divers were forced to quench their thirst with a floating coconut while hoping for rescue.

The 37-year-old diving instructor said she reached a nearby island after becoming separated from the others and gathered plastic foam and other debris scattered along the beach to put on top of her to try to stay warm.

Furukawa was rescued on Feb. 17, some 75 hours after she and the others went missing while diving off Lembongan Island three days earlier following heavy rains in the area.

Local volunteers who were participating in the search for the missing women spotted Furukawa lying on a beach of Penida Island.

“I have no words to describe my deep appreciation to these people for their concerns and their help,” she said.

Furukawa, who works for Yellow Scuba, a diving shop in Bali, gave details about her ordeal in writing in response to questions posed by Japanese news outlets via the Japanese consulate-general in Denpasar, Bali.

Furukawa said there was nothing unusual about the conditions on the afternoon of Feb. 14 when the group was on their diving excursion.

The group included another Yellow Scuba instructor. The five others had traveled from Japan to go diving in the waters off Bali.

“The health of all the members of our group appeared to be fine,” she wrote. “The weather was good. So were the sea conditions.”

That was until the group surfaced after their last round of diving.

“The weather had changed drastically. Heavy winds were creating rough seas. The visibility was very limited due to torrential rain,” she explained.

Furukawa used a whistle in an attempt to draw attention to the group after they heard the sound of a boat engine nearby. Eventually though, they lost sight of the boat as the tidal current grew more violent.

“As if in a washing machine, the surface of the sea began whirling about,” Furukawa said. “We held hands, scuba tanks or buoyancy vests to hold onto each other, all the while spinning about.”

She said they continued drifting farther away even after managing to escape the swirling waters.

Furukawa said they were able to keep track of their approximate location by observing the shapes of the islands during the day and, after dark, by using their compasses, observing lights on the Islands and noting which direction the airplanes overhead were flying.

They made it a top priority not to make unnecessary moves to conserve their strength. They held hands and tied each other together using rope.

The following morning, on Feb. 15, they spotted a tugboat when they were drifting off Penida Island.

Furukawa swam toward the boat in order to get help. But she could not reach it and ended up becoming separated from the other women due to the strong currents.

She said she believed the others remained together at that point and were still in the vicinity where she left them.

In the evening, she managed to make it to a rocky stretch of Penida Island.

“I was desperate to find a way to a nearby village to ask for help,” she said. “But with the rough seas, swelling waves and strong currents before me and a sheer cliff behind me, I could not move from where I was with the little strength I had left.”

She relieved her thirst by harvesting rainwater and sipping drops of water on dead leaves. She also sought shelter under a rock to protect her from the rain.

On Feb. 17, Furukawa, unable to move, was discovered on the beach by employees of other diving and boat shops that had joined the search effort. She said she came to when they shouted for her.

Furukawa was later airlifted by a helicopter to Bali.

A doctor at the hospital where Furukawa was admitted said Feb. 18 she had not eaten for three days and was suffering from many mosquito bites.

Local police said the body of a woman discovered on Feb. 18 in an inlet off Serangan Island, just across from Bali, had been identified as 59-year-old Ritsuko Miyata.

Shoko Takahashi, 35, the other diving instructor working for Yellow Scuba, is still missing.

The four other divers–Nahomi Tomita, 28, Aya Morizono, 27, Emi Yamamoto, 33, and Atsumi Yoshidome, 29–were found on Feb. 17 clinging to a rock wall 800 meters northwest of where Furukawa was discovered.

They were taken to a separate hospital in Denpasar where they were treated for light sunburn to their faces, hands and legs.

A doctor who treated them said at a news conference on Feb. 18 that their conditions were stable, and that they will be released in the next few days.

 

(This article was compiled from reports by Makoto Igarashi, Hiroshi Nakano and Yoshikazu Hirai in Denpasar, and Tadao Onaga and Etsushi Tsuru in Sanur.)

Original Article:

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201402190055

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Five Japanese divers found alive after days missing off Bali

By Putra Wicaksana

Semawang (Indonesia) (AFP) – Five Japanese scuba divers were found alive Monday clinging to a coral reef in rough waters off the Indonesian resort island of Bali three days after they went missing, officials said.

Fishermen spotted the divers, among seven women who went missing Friday, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from where they set off for a diving expedition but could not rescue them because the waves were too high.

But one of them was later rescued by a helicopter, which also dropped food to the stranded divers. The four others were being picked up by a rescue boat and would be taken to Semawang beach in southern Bali.

“There were five found atop a large coral reef,” Rudi Tjandi, an official from the Bali disaster agency, told AFP.

“The waves and current were quite strong, so the fishermen who spotted them couldn’t approach.”

He said they were found at Manta Point off the west coast of Nusa Penida island, just east of Bali.

A Navy rescue team searches on February 17, 2014 for …

A Navy rescue team searches on February 17, 2014 for the Japanese scuba divers who went missing off  …

They had set off on a dive expedition Friday from the Mangrove area of Nusa Lembongan, an adjacent island. The shortest route to where they ended up was around 20 kilometres.

Local police chief Nyoman Suarsika also said that they were found in the Manta Point area.

Officials had no news of the other two missing divers.

At Semawang beach a group of 20 Japanese people, including relatives of those missing, were seen sitting at a restaurant. One woman was crying and the others refused to be interviewed, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

Four ambulances were waiting next to the beach for the divers to arrive, while dozens of Balinese people had also gathered.

Map locating Nusa Lembongan island near Bali where …

Map locating Nusa Lembongan island near Bali where seven Japanese scuba divers went missing on Frida …

A search involving about 100 people has been under way since the divers’ disappearance, with rescue efforts hampered by heavy rain and strong winds earlier Monday.

- ‘Praying for her safety’ -

“I’m praying for her safety,” the mother of missing instructor Shoko Takahashi told reporters in Japan on Sunday before leaving for Bali, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun daily.

“She is an active person with a dependable personality. She never does foolhardy things.”

Takahashi and her husband had set up the operator known as Yellow Scuba that took the divers out on the trip, said Japanese consular official Kenichi Takeyama.

A rescue team search for seven Japanese tourists who …

A rescue team search for seven Japanese tourists who went missing after leaving for a scuba diving t …

Takeyama said Yellow Scuba had provided boats and staff for the search.

The women were experienced scuba divers who had logged more than 50 dives each.

The dive boat’s skipper said he was following the divers for some 20 minutes before a sudden downpour made the water cloudy, according to Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

Full Article (Read More):

http://news.yahoo.com/japanese-divers-found-alive-going-missing-bali-085009443.html

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Rescuers search for Japanese divers missing off Bali

BBC NEWS ASIA – 15 February 2014 Last updated at 11:13 ET

Indonesian rescuers have been searching for seven Japanese divers missing off the island of Bali since Friday.

The search for the group, which includes two instructors, was halted on Saturday evening and will resume on Sunday morning.

The seven, all experienced divers, disappeared in bad weather while exploring an area of mangroves.

Conditions were reported to be bad at the time the group disappeared, with heavy winds and strong rains.

“A helicopter was deployed … to spot victims who might be floating in the water. We have still not found any,” Bali search and rescue agency chief Didi Hamzar told AFP.

“We are putting our best efforts and hopefully we can find them in safe conditions,” he added.

The group were diving near the island of Nusa Penida, a small island some 20km (12 miles) off the coast of Bali itself.

They had gone for two diving trips on Friday morning but failed to return after a third trip in the afternoon.

The Japanese Kyodo agency quoted government officials as saying all members of the party had completed at least 50 dive trips previously, while the instructors were based locally and so knew the area.

Nusa Penida, popular with divers because of crystal clear waters and the opportunity to see rare Ocean Sunfish, is known for treacherous currents. A number of fatal accidents have occurred there.

Original Article:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26205521

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