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Rescue this morning?

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by GameChanger, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. GameChanger

    GameChanger Professional Photographer

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    Anyone hear about anything about a group of stranded divers getting rescued by the MX Coast Guard on the north end this morning?
     
  2. cicopo

    cicopo Loggerhead Turtle

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  3. deepsea21

    deepsea21 Manta Ray

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    Nope... Because there is no such thing as the "MX Coast Guard". You get blown off of a Coz northern reef which has the strongest currents in the entire Caribbean and get separated from your group no one is going to be looking for you other than your dive boat and you are going to be drifting fast. If you are diving the northern sites and your dive boat sinks for any reason before the captain can radio for help, everyone's destiny on that boat is a surface drift to somewhere in Gulf of Mexico in 24 hours search and rescue is looking for floating soccer balls over an area that is size of Texas. I'll NEVER dive those northern sites even if there may be swimming unicorns to be seen. Just 'cause a dive op will take you there, doesn't mean you should dive there.
     
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  4. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    We all must dive our risk profile....
     
  5. ChuckP

    ChuckP Manta Ray

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    Seen it on Facebook too - sounds like shore diving from the Peninisula Grand???
     
  6. NDL_Diver

    NDL_Diver Barracuda

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    I don't care for Barracuda at all. But when we dive Northern site both my wife and I carry Nautilus locators (mine has marine radio), signal mirrors, flashlights and SMBs. You need to be able to save yourself.
     
  7. deepsea21

    deepsea21 Manta Ray

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    I say don't dive those northern reefs with ANY dive op no matter how highly regarded the dive ops are that will take you there. It's a free world and we are all are free to do as we will but I won't be diving those sites because I have far higher value sites on my weighted my risk/reward global bucket list that I want to see. That's all I have to say.
     
  8. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    There is a lot of chatter on one FB thread, 69 comments, but no one knew much. Some said that a group of divers surfaced north of Coral Princess, no dive boat around, and seemed to be drifting away from the island. A local navy boat (there is no Mexican coast guard) and three others were seen going to rescue the drifters. Photos and chatter at Denise Shannon
     
  9. carybut

    carybut Angel Fish

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    Location: Cozumel, MX
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  10. carybut

    carybut Angel Fish

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    Yes, I just read some local Facebook thread, without out any helpful information, as well as some very ignorant comments. There may have been rescue drills happening today. I do not know at this time, if this report from someone on shore seeing divers on the surface "with no boat near by" was a drill or not. I have been diving here for almost 40 years , and living here permanently for almost 10. Diving "up north", is just fine, Dive with experienced operators- dive from a boat with all the proper gear/communications- pick your days- don't take other divers that have little experience- if conditions are iffy- abort. PLAN your dive.... Stay with your group..(as closely as you can to same depth, due to wildly variable currents). everyone take a surface marker..Have fun BE SAFE ! The winds Changed drastically today, (well foretasted), cold front, with Winds from the N & NW. usually a 3 day event... Listen & learn from the long time local , experienced experts. I am not yet one of those experts ! I am referring to the many other qualified professionals here, on the island.
     

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