DIVING NEWS

Ghost divers net Enigma machine

German scuba divers working to clear ghost fishing-gear in the Baltic Sea thought they had come across a typewriter entangled in netting. On closer inspection, they realised that they had found a rare Enigma cipher machine from World War Two.  Read more...

2020: a good year for blue whales

An international research team has welcomed the return of critically endangered Antarctic blue whales to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia – 50 years after industrial whaling had all but annihilated them. Read more...

Diver couldn’t save husband from shark

An inquest has been held into the death of an experienced diver following a great white shark attack in Western Australia early in 2020. Divernet reported the incident at the time, pointing out that such fatalities involving scuba divers were unusual.  Read more...

Another bizarre squid recorded

Elusive bigfin squid have been seen and filmed in Australian waters for the first time. They were spotted by researchers in the Great Australian Bight on two separate scientific expeditions. Read more...

Divers found in dark in Wales

Two scuba divers who went missing off the Pembrokeshire coast late yesterday afternoon (14 November) were found drifting in the dark off Skomer Island by an RNLI lifeboat crew following a two-hour search. Read more...

Divers too ready to dismiss DCI symptoms

UK diving incidents involving decompression illness are falling, but where DCI does occur the increasingly common factors appear to be diving below 30m and repeat diving – and too often apparent symptoms are shrugged off by divers. Read more...

Egyptian diver claims endurance record

Egyptian scuba diver Saddam Al-Kilany, 29, has claimed a new world record for longest saltwater dive, after staying under water for almost six days in Dahab in the northern Red Sea. The claim awaits verification from Guinness World Records (GWR). Read more...

Fire puts focus on battery-charging

US Coast Guard inspections of diving liveaboards and other small commercial vessels are normally carried out when there are no passengers aboard - but now inspectors have been instructed to scrutinise how lithium-ion batteries are used, charged and stored.  Read more...

Heavy-metal threat to shellfish

Metal pollution from historic mining appears to be weakening scallop shells and threatening marine ecosystems off the coast of the Isle of Man, according to a major new study by scientists at the University of York. Read more...

Sri Lanka: The grim and the good

One of the biggest seizures of gill-plates from vulnerable manta rays ever documented took place at Hong Kong’s international airport on 23 October – but the Customs officials who confiscated them could yet be forced to back down. Read more...

Dive centre gets behind military

Ocean Turtle Diving (OTD) of Basingstoke, Hampshire has become the first PADI dive-centre in the UK to sign the Armed Forces Covenant. The move is described as a commitment to provide practical support for existing and former military personnel in recognition of their value to the nation. Read more...

Divers can travel – but caution urged

The British Diving Safety Group (BDSG), which includes representatives of all UK diver-training agencies and many other bodies including the Coastguard and RNLI, has issued its interpretation of the latest national coronavirus lockdown guidance as it affects recreational diving. Read more...