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Palm Beach diver loses arm as group hit by boat - Florida

Discussion in 'Accidents & Incidents' started by soldsoul4foos, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    Why wouldn't the boat driver swerve the boat to the east, away from the divers?
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  2. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
    Here is tonight's news story about the accident:

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  3. tekkydiver

    tekkydiver Regular of the Pub

    Time for flag laws to change. 12 inch flag is not adequate. Increase size to 24 inches and the bottom of the flag must be at least 36 inches above the water.
  4. Johnoly

    Johnoly Contributor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    It's similar to motorcycle riders on the streets. People distracted, are not used to seeing them so it doesn't register what it is until too late.
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  5. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
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  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Oh my God. He's a marine biologist. :(
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  7. PBcatfish

    PBcatfish Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Florida
    Root Trail is less than 3 miles from Mara Lago. It's not unusual for a variety of feds to be in the area.
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  8. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    Not in this way. Boaters are fined far less for a flag violation than a diver... I think it's about half. The problem isn't the size of the flag, it's the phone they have their nose buried in. Distracted driving, whether in a car or on a boat, should be a felony. You should never be too broke to pay attention!

    As for the flag, a bigger flag makes it even harder for the dive flag puller when there's a stiff wind. We don't need to discourage diving. The real problem is that if you the flag and the wind are in a line, then you're presented with only the edge of the flag. I had an FWC stop to chastise me because he never saw my flag until he got close. He was LOOKING too, but he didn't notice it until he got within twenty feet. We need a 3D flag that has no drag. Impossible? Probably.
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  9. PBcatfish

    PBcatfish Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Florida
    I've driven a Yellowfin within a couple feet of that size. They are very light weight boats, made of carbon fiber. They have a lot of freeboard in the bow. When coming off plane, they handle like a beach ball.

    The location of "near the Breakers" is consistent with the other reports of Root Trail. The earlier report of the north end of Palm Beach island seems to be a few miles off.

    This report - looks to be cobbled together from a bunch of stock footage. The one scene of boats going by in a channel looks it might have been shot from the beach at BHB within the last year, since the new concrete pilings got put in. That is miles north of Root Trail. It was probably stock footage. The short clip of dive tanks may also be stock footage. It also seems unclear if "divers" (with full gear) were first responders or victims. I have yet to find first hand information from anyone in the dive group.

    The photo in this report is miles south of Root Trail, probably also stock footage - https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article237877204.html
  10. Soloist

    Soloist Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina

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