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TSandM: Missing Diver in Clallam County, WA

Discussion in 'Accidents & Incidents' started by crtnwilson, Aug 25, 2015.

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  1. Yarbrough

    Yarbrough Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Durham, NC
    This is a great thing for all divers to remember.
  2. Jlpskydive

    Jlpskydive Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Satellite Beach, Fl
    "Lynn Flaherty was diving with her husband off Duncan Rock Tuesday morning when something went wrong and she didn't return to the surface, according to Coast Guard officials."
  3. BCSGratefulDiver

    BCSGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: On the Fun Side of Trump's Wall
    It was neither a solo dive nor a same ocean team ... Lynne would not participate in either, particularly at a site like that.

    It's a remote site ... one that's known for strong and unpredictable currents. My information is that Lynne and Peter hit a downcurrent that pulled them apart. They lost track of each other. Peter surfaced, Lynne did not.

    Duncan Rock is a bucket-list site ... the crème de la crème of Pacific Northwest diving. But it can also be dangerous and unpredictable, due to its exposed location ... I've attempted diving it several times and the closest I ever got was making it to the rock, taking one look and saying "I ain't going into THAT!" They hit it on a good day in terms of tidal exchanges and weather. It should have been quite diveable ... but the ocean is a temperamental bitch sometimes.

    No ... I believe this was Lynne's first trip to Neah Bay, which is over 150 miles from our usual and more protected sites in Puget Sound. It's quite wild and different out there, being at the confluence to the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean. This is a site I know she's always dreamed of diving. And I'm certain she was meticulously prepared for it. Lynne never, ever, let herself slip ... she put the same emphasis on safety and preparation whether she was doing a 20-foot shore dive or a 150-foot tech dive. I do not know what happened ... I'm having a real hard time wrapping my head around Lynne having a diving accident at all ... but I can assure you that she did not "let it slip a little" ... that would be so out of her character as to be unbelievable.

    All I can say is that my world is dark today ... I find myself reviewing all the chances I had to spend time with her and didn't ... and wishing I could have them back.

    Still holding out for a miracle, and hoping she's found and gets the chance to tell us all herself what happened ...

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
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  4. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    thank you Bob for that information.
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  5. Heath Sapp

    Heath Sapp Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Crystal River , Florida, United States
    I am in Maine on Vacation and opened facebook and saw this on Elena news feed I am praying hard for her return. I never thought I would be reading about her here. I never meet her, but greatly admired her for her knowledge, and cool head. Peter I praying for you both.
  6. gypsyjim

    gypsyjim I have an alibi ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: capital region of New York
    Amen. When we dive we dare to enter a world we were never design to be in, and we can only limit our risks, but never completely eliminate them.

    ---------- Post added August 26th, 2015 at 09:16 AM ----------

    Thank you for this explanation. This is the sort of information that helps everyone put such an accident somewhat into perspective.
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  7. fisheater

    fisheater Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sebastopol, CA
    More information on the Duncan Rock dive site. Duncan Rock

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  8. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor Trainer ScubaBoard Supporter

    Do we know if Lynn had her Naulitus Lifeline with her yesterday?
  9. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    I want to emphasize what Bob said above. I have NEVER dived with a team as meticulous about safety and following protocols as Peter and Lynn. Their procedures were beyond reproach.
    Oldbear, jsisemore, finnks and 4 others like this.
  10. ucfdiver

    ucfdiver Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Two SMB's and a lifeline is what I was told. Lifeline was never activated.
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