Category Archives: Incidents

South Korean Military Diver Dies on Sunken Warship

A diver has died while searching for survivors on the wreck of the Cheonan, which sank after an explosion last Friday. The current thinking is that the ship hit a North Korean mine, in disputed waters. Although the Defence Minister … Continue reading

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Pulau Aur rebreather death

Marcus Lim, a doctor in Singapore and a well-known underwater photographer died on a rebreather dive on the Seven Skies wreck at Pulau Aur in Malaysia. Some more information here and here.

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Alabama may charge diver with murder

In June Dave Watson was convicted of manslaughter in Queensland. This followed the death of his wife in October 2003 on a diving holiday which was their honeymoon. The Queensland coroner felt that it was likely that Mr. Watson had … Continue reading

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NZ diver almost drowns in weed

When we think of entanglement hazards in Hong Kong, we’re normally thinking about fishing nets, but a diver in Wellington got trapped in weeds at Owhiro Bay earlier today. He’s now in a serious condition in Wellington hospital. There is … Continue reading

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NZ navy find Tongan ferry

Last week a Tongan ferry, the Princess Ashika,  sank  with the loss of 73 passengers. 56 people were rescued. The ferry has been located and is at a depth of 110 metres. This week a New Zealand navy dive has … Continue reading

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2 divers die in North Yorkshire

On 3rd August two divers died after getting into difficulties on a dive 8 miles off Filey in North Yorkshire. They were airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary by an RAF Search and Recovery helicopter, but were pronounced dead on arrival. … Continue reading

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More on Ping Chau diver’s death

Yesterday SCMP had a story about the diver who died while diving off Ping Chau on Thursday night. He was part of a group of over 10 people who were staying in a rented house there and had been diving … Continue reading

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Diver dies at Tung Ping Chau

I’ve heard a report from one of the Chinese news websites that a diver died after diving at Tung Ping Chau last night. He was reported to have had trouble breathing and Marine Police were called. The incident happened at … Continue reading

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UK diver presumed lost off France

A British diver in his 60′s has been reported missing while diving the Empire Javelin, a D-Day landing vessel. The wreck is in 60 metres of water 22 miles north of Cherbourg. He was part of a group of divers … Continue reading

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Diver pleads guilty to manslaughter for killing his wife on a dive

David Watson’s wife Tina died on the first dive of a 10 day trip to the Great Barrier Reef off Townsville in October 2003. Afterwards Mr. Watson went back to the US, but in mid-2008 the coroner found that it … Continue reading

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Report into the Port Island fatality

I’ve just come across a report into the fatal accident off Port Island (Chek Chau / 赤洲) on 27 July 2008, where a diver was killed by a turning propellor. It was compiled by the Marine Accident Investigation Section of … Continue reading

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Divers body found

The body of the diver who went missing off Bluff Island has been found. This from the SCMP: “The body of Ho Hing-tung, 45, a paediatric doctor at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, who went missing while diving in Sai … Continue reading

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