NZ diver swims 6 hours to safety

At around 6pm on Tuesday night (23 Dec) a NZ man, Ian Foden, who had been diving for mussels, surfaced to find that his boat had come loose from its anchor. His wife was in the boat, but was an inexperiened sailor. They shouted at each other, but she wasn’t able to pick him up before the currents separated them and she lost sight of him in the swells. She searched for a while but when she was unable to find him she alerted the coastguard to look for him and to help her get the boat back to shore.

Meanwhile Mr. Foden dropped his weight belt but kept the rest of his dive gear and swam around 5km to shore in swells and current. The Maketu coastguard said he was extremely luck because conditions were deteriorating.

You can read more from the New Zealand Herald.

Once again it’s worth remembering the importance of having good boat cover and some way of making yourself more visible at the surface.

About Neil Hambleton

I am a British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Advanced Diver and an Open Water Instructor. I have been diving since 1992, after joining South China Diving Club (SCDC), which is a Hong Kong-based branch of the BSAC. Having moved to New Zealand, I am now a member of BSAC New Zealand.
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