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Missing divers rescued off Dwejra, Malta

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by DandyDon, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Sounds like they just barely made it...! :eek:

    [WATCH] Armed Forces in daring rescue mission - maltatoday.com.mt

     
  2. John C. Ratliff

    John C. Ratliff Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
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    DandyDon, why do you suppose that the diving deaths get so many comments, and a wonderful rescue story such as this gets none?

    Having served in helicopter rescue many, many moons ago, I know how difficult these kinds of rescues can be. I have a great deal of admiration for the crews of this rescue helicopter, and the rescue swimmers, flight engineers, pilots and yes, the crews that make these rescues possible, the helicopter maintenance personnel. A big "THANK YOU" to all involved.

    Now, any ideas on how they got into this predicament?

    SeaRat
     
  3. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
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    I can only guess that the weather turned on them. Normally I would say it's best to stick together, but I wasn't there - so don't know how it played out. The rescue sounded impossible to me: harsh weather, hovering the chopper by a cliff to rescue the first, finding the lady with darkness approaching, rescuing her in the dark while low on fuel. Scary! :eek:

    I imagine they were both rattled. Here's some more: Divers rescued in the dark - timesofmalta.com
     
  4. Ayisha

    Ayisha DIR Practitioner

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    What an awesome rescue! Very lucky folks in those conditions. :)
     
  5. Agility

    Agility Solo Diver

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    I salute the rescue team for a dangerous operation well executed.
     
  6. Blackmore75

    Blackmore75 Divemaster

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    Wow. Scary situation. I'm glad they are ok, and also none of the rescue team got injured or worse during the rescue.
     
  7. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
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    Ok, it was a change of weather that got them in trouble, altho I don't clearly understand their plan or know what tunnel they're mentioning: ?Getting winched out, I screamed at the top of my lungs? - timesofmalta.com
     
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  8. jord1990

    jord1990 Nassau Grouper

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    I actually dove with ms Borg this year and she is an amazing diver (one of those divers that doesn't breathe underwater). I believe the tunnel they are talking about starts as a closed pool. Then goes down and has an opening into the sea.

    I know I responded a litle bit late but she told me about the accident this summer. No details though



    Here is a map on the tunnel

    http://www.malta.com/en/attraction/diving/diving-site/gozo/the-inland-sea-and-tunnel
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2013

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