Month: July 2021

Scuba centre fined for schoolboys’ CO poisoning

Cheshire dive-centre Aqualogistics has been fined but its director has avoided a jail sentence, after a health & safety breach led to the carbon monoxide poisoning of schoolboys during a scuba diving class at Manchester Grammar School.

Search for diver missing off Scillies

A recovery operation is under way for a scuba diver who failed to resurface from a boat-dive off the Isles of Scilly. The man was reported missing at around 9am on Wednesday (28 July).

Divers find dinner bell on deep wreck

Ten days after finding the bell of WW2 wreck the Frankfurt, the Baltictech dive group says it has come across another bell on a different Operation Hannibal wreck, the Goya, which lies at a depth of 76m. 

Fourth Element 5mm Kevlar Hydrolock Glove

For protecting your hands from cold and injury, the 4mm Kevlar reinforcement to palm, thumb and fingertips on this Hydrolock Glove is reckoned to be safer for ghost-net recovery or diving around wrecks.

Finclip Bigfoot Extension

Finclip, the innovative fin-retainer that replaces a conventional heel-strap with a step-in-and-out binding similar to a snow-ski, now works with larger feet, bulky dry boots and bigger fins, we’re told.

Mystery rays under investigation

Two species of the shark-like rays known as wedgefish have been tagged by Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) scientists for a first-of-its-kind study in Mozambique. 

Diver’s $100k find runs in the family

A US scuba diver has discovered a rare gold coin in 9m of water – the first to be recovered from Florida’s 17th-century Spanish galleon shipwreck Nuestra de Atocha for 20 years. 

Snorkeller in Kona, Hawaii.

The Hawaiian snorkelling deaths mystery

Detective work following a spate of peculiar fatalities in the Pacific off Hawaii suggests that a new risk-awareness – and getting the design of the humble snorkel tube spot-on – could be a matter of life or death.

The sinking of the Andrea Doria. (Picture: Harry Trask / Boston Traveler)

Andrea Doria’s foghorn sounds again

The foghorn from the famed Andrea Doria shipwreck has been raised and restored, and will be sounded this afternoon (Sunday, July 25) in a livestreamed anniversary event at the New Jersey Maritime Museum in Beach Haven.

Five freedivers, 12 world records

No fewer than 12 world freediving records have been broken during the nine-day Vertical Blue international competition at Deans Blue Hole in the Bahamas, with some marks switching back and forth between competitors during the event.

Motivating Med divers for lionfish war

Targeted removals can suppress the growing number of invasive lionfish around protected Mediterranean coastlines, according to a new study – but only by combining culls by scuba divers with long-term monitoring.