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While I get your point, they did eventually bail from the line, and from what I see they were close to the surface anywayNo way you ever would consider going adrift here:
I maintain that a (conventional) long hose would have been a hindrance in this circumstance, a 40" with a swivel would have been a much better option. I'm also a huge fan of the "English" config where the Alt 2nd (Octo) comes from teh left and is on a swivel as its much easier and more natural to donate.
Can you expand on your reasoning here? In my mind a long hose donate would have made it trivial for the group to have continued their ascent along the line side by side just as they were doing prior to the OOA. None of this facing each other or climbing over each other to donate.
That’s very useful to know: because I have never seen a SPG leak I was impressed by the amount of bubbles like you saidIn response to the OP's original question, I made a thread in this subforum about my SPG leak that might add some info
Luckily, my leak happened on the surface, but when it happened, there was such a big violent bubbling that I assumed that my tank must have completely emptied in the 1-2 minutes before I shut it down.
Once I got everything fixed, turns out I only lost about 200 psi.
So from my experience, even though not much air is involved in an HP hose leak, the bubbles sure are impressive. Maybe the fact that the air is exiting at HP makes the bubbles seem like they are more than they actually are.
The air-2 wasn't long enough to donate.
The air-2 started free-flowing.
It would be stressful to go OOA on a line in that kind of current but I can't help but think that it would have been so much easier to deal with if they'd had a long hose, real octo, and better training.
At least one of those divers would have rocketed uncontrolled to the surface if they attempted a free ascent. Listen close, and you can hear a BCD over pressure relief valve doing quite a bit of venting on the ascent, while holding the line to stay down.While I get your point, they did eventually bail from the line, and from what I see they were close to the surface anyway
And while I concede the point that heading to the surface in that location isn't the best and number one option, given the CF they were engaged in, it would have been the best option (given they were so close anyway).
Of course this whole thing needn't have become the drama that it did. It was nothing more than a minor inconvenience compounded into something greater by poor management of the situation.
I hope their take away was that their actual experience and capabilities fell far below the level they thought they were