Two divers struck, killed - Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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DandyDon

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I always listen for such threats on the safety stop and make sure I'm negative just in case.
Google translation...
The captain of the boat “Mr. Tom”, who propelled a couple of American tourists this afternoon and caused their death, was arrested by elements of the State Attorney General's Office (FGE).
According to the testimony of the captain of the boat in which they were transferred, the couple of vacationers were leaving their first dive and were holding on to a signaling buoy, when they were propelled by the alleged perpetrator.
It was also indicated that the boat is owned by the company Scuba III, with registration number 23012999248.
Meanwhile, regarding the deceased, it was noted that both were recognized in the world of diving and that they were 60 and 65 years old, respectively.
The accident that cost them their lives occurred about eight nautical miles from Isla Mujeres, in the area of the sunken ship called "Cañonero C-55."
 

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Oh man, I've dived at that same site. My condolensces to family and friends. That should never have happened.
 

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Interesting word use - “propelled.”
 
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What the hell, man. How does this happen? shaking my head. horrible
 

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What the hell, man. How does this happen? shaking my head. horrible
I believe the bouy was struck by Mr Tom, pulling the divers up where they were struck by the prop.
 
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I believe the bouy was struck by Mr Tom, pulling the divers up where they were struck by the prop.
That would explain google translation's strange use of "propelled," but wouldn't that mean that both women had the buoy line attached to themselves on the safety stop? I think I considered such an action once but quickly rejected it.
 

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I always go up right at the DMs safety sausage, with my hand pointed skyward over my head. But let's face it, if the boat is going fast and they don't see the sausage they're not going to see my hand either (or my head). From underneath we can see a slow moving boat - and hear it - or see one sitting there. But if it's moving really fast we might not be able to react quickly enough to avoid getting hit. We can be as situationally aware as possible - and should - but the people who need to be seeing this story are the boat captains and anyone else who is allowed (legally or not) to drive the boats. Even in 2ft seas, the sausages and people can be hard to see. They need to always be alert.

On our last trip someone told me the story of how Kirsty MacColl of The Pogues died in Cozumel in 2000. Horrific.
 

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That would explain google translation's strange use of "propelled," but wouldn't that mean that both women had the buoy line attached to themselves on the safety stop? I think I considered such an action once but quickly rejected it.
If it wasn't a buoy, but a safety sausage, it's attached to a reel that you're holding. In that split moment ,will you release it or hang on? Will you think "big boat - release" or "wave/wind tugging on sausage - hang on"? The answer is "I don't know" - because until it happens to you, you won't know. I hope to never know.
 
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