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Diver missing near Mandurah Australia

Discussion in 'Accidents & Incidents' started by underH2Oman, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. Foxfish

    Foxfish Contributor

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    In the following media report the author/publisher now accepts that the 'human remains' that were found were those of the missing diver and the diver was attacked by a shark(s). I assume this has been verified by police.

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/22571579/fond-memories-of-diver-michael/

    It also states the family clearly does not accept the diver's death was the result of his own mistake. He was a very experienced diver. Other reports state the dive was in ten metres of water.

     
  2. bowlofpetunias

    bowlofpetunias Oh no, not again! ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Nothing I have seen or heard says he was Attacked by sharks. I have heard/read there were bite marks. No indication if it was pre or post mortum. IMHO a scavenger feeding or tasting deceased subjects does not qualify as an attack!

    In my experience it is a RARE family indeed who will be able to accept or admit that their recently deceased loved one could have committed a mistake that cost them their life!

    The news I have heard here leaves me unsure if this was a scuba diver or a free diver. Certainly he was taking rock lobster. I know in NSW it is illegal to take anything but a limited number of Abalone on SCUBA. If this was NSW I would assume it was a free dive. What are the rules in Western Australia regarding "taking" on SCUBA?
     
  3. Omisson

    Omisson Contributor

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    Do you actually see something that's not there? Nowhere does it say he was definitively attacked by a shark. In fact it says cause of death HAS NOT and probably COULD NOT be determined.

    Man, you are a one track agenda.....with blinders.
     
  4. clownfishsydney

    clownfishsydney Contributor

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    Sheila, the dive industry in WA almost solely exists because you can take crayfish on scuba. Also, you can no longer take abalone on scuba in NSW.
     
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  5. bowlofpetunias

    bowlofpetunias Oh no, not again! ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Thanks Michael. I had heard of it being suspended temporarily but hadn't heard of it being reopened or if it was decided on a permanent closure. I have no interest in "taking" so didn't follow it up. I should however be more aware before I post:blush: thanks for the clarification. :worship: I had no idea about WA so he may have been on SCUBA but I haven't seen anything stating that for sure. Does anyone know for sure?
     
  6. PeterNBiddle

    PeterNBiddle Contributor

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  7. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hmm . . .your link is to a woman's body found in the bush.
     
  8. PeterNBiddle

    PeterNBiddle Contributor

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    But it might have been sharks, right?
     
  9. Foxfish

    Foxfish Contributor

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    Location: Perth, Australia
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    Early media reports indicated search and rescue divers were on the scene soon after the alarm was sounded about the missing diver.

    The alarm was raised at 1.30 pm.

    The media report release was 3.31 pm.

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/22245886/diver-missing-off-dawesville/

    The deceased diver was on a boat which remained in the area for the remainder of the afternoon.

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/latest/a/22269013/family-gathers-amid-diver-search/

    I'd expect that if a pleasure craft could remain anchored in the area for that afternoon the search and rescue divers would have several hours of searching the area where the boat was initially moored.

    Media reports stated that the search and rescue divers were deployed on the following day.

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/22256264/search-for-diver-continues-into-night/

    I expect the media would have reported if the efforts of the search and rescue dive team were seriously affected by the weather conditions prior to the time of the release of these reports. That did not occur.

    The original dive location described in media reports where the diver went missing was about 5 km northwest of the Dawesville Cut in 10 m of water. Divers said they stayed within ten metres of the boat.

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/latest/a/22269013/family-gathers-amid-diver-search/

    Reports also indicate that the missing man's remains were found near the original dive site.

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    The original dive location was near the southern junction of the Five Fathom Bank and Murray Reefs. I've not been that far south but have dived the regions to the north along these reef systems a lot over the years. For me the mystery is how the deceased diver could have evaded the careful search of an area close to the original dive location of a team of divers over a period of even one to two days.

    Unless the actual extent of injuries is much greater than is presently being indicated in the media, I'd expect the autopsy would determine if the deceased died from drowning or shark attack, the type of shark responsible for the attack and the approximate time of when the attack occurred.

    In any case it now seems police accept the deceased suffered a shark attack. I expect this was self evident from the start.

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/22340802/shark-shock-over-divers-death/

    In the past Fisheries WA scientists have been able to confirm this within a few days of a fatal attack and identify the type of shark responsible for the attack without the need for an inquest.
     
  10. Omisson

    Omisson Contributor

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    Reality just doesn't matter to you, huh?

    The coroner REFUSED to deckare it a shark attack because they could not rule out the bites were post mortem.

    Normally they can make this determination. Here they cannot.

    Stop making up things.


    Dan-O

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