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Delivery Confirmed 51 Year Later!

Discussion in 'Diveheart' started by mselenaous, May 24, 2013.

  1. mselenaous

    mselenaous Island girl ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Delivery Confirmed 51 Year Later!
    Spateros Reunited with Christ of the Abyss Statue

    Gabe Spateros, 81, was an avid diver since 1956 until macular degeneration impaired his vision. Through the Diveheart Adaptive Scuba programs he was able to scuba dive again. Spateros expressed his desire to dive the Christ of the Abyss Statue in Key Largo. Spateros, a restaurateur from Chicago, met Egidio Cressi, the Italian Scuba Entrepreneur, during a wine tour in Italy. Cressi donated this Statue to the Underwater Society of America in 1962. Spateros volunteered to assist him in bringing the statue to the United States. Spateros coordinated the effort of transporting the statue from Genoa, Italy via Chicago, IL to Key Largo, FL and installed at no cost. Spateros met with John Pennekamp and was one of the instrumental people who helped select the appropriate dive site for the statue to be placed for the world to see. The Christ of the Abyss statue is a 9-foot tall, 4000 pound bronze statue that has been placed in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The statue sits in 18 feet deep water and is one of the most popular site for snorkelers and divers worldwide. This underwater statute has become Key Largo's trademark.

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    Spatero in his early days of diving (circa 1950s).


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    The Statue arrives in the US (1962). Spatero on the right.

    Here is Gabe Spateros’ interview:


    Spateros finally returned to Key Largo 51 years later, to see the now world famous diving landmark. Saturday, May 19, 2013, was a beautiful sunny Key Largo afternoon for Spateros and his support divers from Diveheart to go diving
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    Hello My Old Friend


    Delivery Confirmed!



    A word of advice for the many who wish to visit the Christ of the Abyss Statue in Key Largo sometimes referred to as “Touchdown Jesus” by local captains: Don’t touch Christ because that warm tingly feeling isn’t a religious experience, it’s fire coral.

    Diveheart
    volunteers included Jim Elliot, founder of Diveheart, Michael Kaufman, Scuba Siren Wilhemina Stanton, Chuck Baldwin, owner of US1 Scuba. Also diving with Mr. Spateros was Eric Douglas, author and Scuba Diving Magazine columnist , John Cole from History of Diving Museum, D.J. Wood owner of Rainbow Reef Dive Center, and from ScubaBoard Peter Murray, Elena Rodriguez and Wyzmar Clealand. Special thanks to Rainbow Reef Dive Center, Captain Dean and the crew of Tropical Voyager, and also to Cressi for supplying the scuba gear for Mr. Spateros’ dive.


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    More Images can be viewed in this Gallery:Gabe & Diveheart at the Christ Statue - ScubaBoard Gallery

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  2. wilsway

    wilsway Nassau Grouper

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    Awesome!!! Thank you soooooooo much.
     
  3. CajunDiva

    CajunDiva Loggerhead Turtle

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    This is incredibly inspiring! What a great organization Diveheart is :D
     
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  4. eliminarcelulitis

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  5. DiveHeart

    DiveHeart DiveHeart Instructor

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    Gabe is awesome and wants to do another ceremony in Key Largo before June. who would like to help us plan it….let me know 630-408-1920 Jim Elliott Diveheart
     

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