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Trespassing golf ball diver fatality - Sainte-Julie, Quebec

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by DandyDon, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Man found dead in golf course pond
     
  2. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    This is crazy to trespass to take golf balls ...
     
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  3. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Better money than picking bottles, I've been told
    No clue whether it was true or not
     
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  4. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Maybe, but not much. I see them on the net for like 30¢ each in bulk. If the golf club caters to customers who shoot and lose the best, maybe one could get more. I don't guess that Quebec has gators or venomous snakes, but solo diving at night still sounds like a lot of work and risk for beer money.
     
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  5. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron Nassau Grouper

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    i can only imagine how much fertilizer run-off is in those ponds....ive seen videos of golf ball divers....it is some nasty looking water.
     
  6. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yup. The divers that are making decent money at it are pulling up hundreds of balls in a day.

    As you said...unless that was a pretty exclusive club with wealthy clientele, I’m betting that the majority of balls were budget & junk/XX-outs.

    I’ve recovered a few hundred balls over the years from the woods, deep rough, and water hazards. Maybe 5-10% of them we decent enough balls that someone would be willing to pay much for them. The rest would be x < $0.25/ball (paid by the end purchaser...not to someone who’s recovering balls, selling to a used ball place, who in turn has to sell them to the end user).

    People throw all kinds of stuff in water hazards. I imagine that if it’s a deep pond and you’ve got limited light (assuming he had a hand-held light)...it would be very easy to get a hose snagged on something and drown.

    That’s not getting into wildlife concerns (probably less up there), fertilizer runoff, getting cut on something, etc. No way would I take a plunge in a golf course pond without some serious shots and a dedicated gear setup (wouldn’t want that crap in my main gear).
     
  7. sunnyboy

    sunnyboy Instructor, Scuba

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    I dove a golf course water hazard (more of a natural pond than a lake) many years ago by invitation of the course owner. I only did it once, though I was offered to do it again.

    It was the second worst dive I've ever done for contamination*. All the chemicals in the water and all that. Visibility was complete zero. Holding my gauge up to my mask - I could not see it at all. 100% braille dive.

    I did manage to scoop up a few balls, but once on the surface they were all definitely "driving range $1 per bucket" type balls.

    (* worst dive was 'goose crap lake' in central Alberta in the mid 2000s)
     
  8. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Could be a good way to suicide without leaving family knowing that is what you did.
     
  9. Scraps

    Scraps ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    My favorite golf ball imprint: on a ball found in the woods while looking for my errant shot:

    "If you found this, you suck at golf, too!"

    And indeed I do, seeing as I play less than once per year.
     
  10. nadwidny

    nadwidny Instructor, Scuba

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    When I did it about 30 years ago I was getting .25 per ball from the pro shop. I had to wipe them clean and I didn't get anything for junk balls (cuts, range balls, etc). I think they were selling them for .50 per ball.

    I usually pulled out a couple hundred per dive.
     
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