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BOLO - Missing Diver 46nm E of Mayport

Per local news a diver failed to surface 46 nautical miles east of Mayport. Assuming they were diving the live bottle between BR and the ledge. Positive thoughts, this is a worst case scenario for those who dive.

https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2021/07/10/search-underway-for-missing-diver-off-coast-of-mayport/

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  • BottomBumpinBottomBumpin Jax BeachPosts: 1,777 Captain
    buddies brother in law... sad deal and we had buddies out all day yesterday looking.. more today.. 
  • RedactionRedaction Posts: 1,777 Captain
    Praying hard...hopefully he's out there on the surface somewhere.
  • ChillyChilly Posts: 555 Officer
    we were diving a similar depth south of this area when this happened.  current wasnt bad and viz was pretty good. im curious what happened on the safety stop to lead to separating far enough to be out of sight from the other divers. tough situation for all involved 

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  • FreeSpearitFreeSpearit Posts: 14 Deckhand
    The news today reported that gear was found and signs of an encounter with a marine predator (shark?).  I am curious on the details as well.  Sounds like all divers on safety stop at 15’, then they go up to get on boat and in the process of boarding boat the other divers don’t see what happens?  I am sure it is a very painful experience but hopefully more details will come out in time for others to possibly learn from.  Thoughts and Prayers to the friends and family.  
  • RedactionRedaction Posts: 1,777 Captain
    edited July 15 #6
    Deleted my comments, should not add to the narrative.  

    Very sad for sure, prayers for the family and friends.
  • DoradoDreaminDoradoDreamin Posts: 2,105 Captain
    Latest I saw said he likely had a medical emergency just under the surface and went unconscious/died and sank.  Marine predator damage most likely occurred later on.  Very sad and prayers for the family.
      
  • RedactionRedaction Posts: 1,777 Captain
    I heard that too...but when I use to dive, I'd be neutrally buoyant at the 15 safety stop, then slightly inflate my BC going the rest of the surface and making my way to the boat, but I was novice for the most part. Maybe more experienced divers do something different. 
  • dihrddihrd Posts: 216 Deckhand
    This is a terrible tragedy.  I hope evidence is found for the family’s peace of mind. As a commercial spear fisherman for the last five years who almost exclusively dives alone (one up one down). I can’t imagine a shark attack go un-noticed after a safety stop with three divers in the water.  As far as being positive on the surface it is a good practice but not always practiced. 
  • RedactionRedaction Posts: 1,777 Captain
    dihrd said:
    This is a terrible tragedy.  I hope evidence is found for the family’s peace of mind. As a commercial spear fisherman for the last five years who almost exclusively dives alone (one up one down). I can’t imagine a shark attack go un-noticed after a safety stop with three divers in the water.  As far as being positive on the surface it is a good practice but not always practiced. 
    For sure…thanks for the post. 
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