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Filmmaker Rob Stewart dies off Alligator Reef

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by DandyDon, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

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    It looks as if we will never know the cause unless the other diver who refused further treatment makes a statement.
     
  2. manni-yunk

    manni-yunk Manta Ray

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    I dont think you can say it totally rules out DCS......
     
  3. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The evening news just reported that his body was found at 220 feet.
     
  4. Cowfish Aesthetic

    Cowfish Aesthetic Barracuda

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  5. Ron Lee

    Ron Lee Loggerhead Turtle

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    I assume that Rob's equipment will be examined to see if they can determine a cause.

    Has there been any indication that the surviving diver turned his equipment in to be examined by a competent agency/facility?
     
  6. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    The FBI dive team leader says it will generate 17 lbs of lift as long as the skin (drysuit) remains intact. Assume a diver who was close enough to neutral to make it to the surface in the first place....
     
  7. FinnMom

    FinnMom Divemaster Staff Member

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    How few divers, how briefly they can remain at 220', how tight the search pattern needs to be to find a diver in a black drysuit wearing a black rebreather and how incredibly long it takes before the same searcher can make a 2nd dive to 200'. Amazing that they succeeded, great job!
     
  8. lamont

    lamont Photographer

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    Gas embolism due to DCS could easily cause unconsciousness at the surface -- and the diver would likely have a minute or two when they felt okay before they were disabled.

    Also if his BOV/DSV wasn't closed when he went unconscious his loop could have flooded and made him negative and pulled him under (although I'm not familiar with a Revo[*] enough to know how resistant they are to flooding like this).

    [*] Assuming that was the unit he was diving
     
  9. TC

    TC Miscreant Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, 17 pounds at the surface is about right. Now work out how much that is at over 200 ft. Arbitrary argument now, he was found at depth.
     
  10. Dhboner

    Dhboner DIR Practitioner

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    The body has been recovered(according to news sources). RIP Rob.
     

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