Diving News2018-07-24T22:16:05+00:00

DIVING NEWS

American sub wreck found in Japan

The USS Grayback, rated one of WW2’s most successful American submarines after sinking at least 12 Japanese ships, has been discovered 435m down off Okinawa. She was bombed and sank in 1944 with the loss of all 80 crew. Read more...

Egypt suspends diving start-ups

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism has ruled that no applications for licences to operate new dive-centres or liveaboards will be considered for a year in either the South Sinai and Red Sea governorates. Read more...

Sink into diving history in Sutton

Richard Castle, Colin Martin, Nigel Phillips and Andrew Marshall are guest speakers at the History of Diving Conference, the annual get-together of the Historical Diving Society (HDS) which is open to the public as well as members. Read more...

Crew all asleep when fire started – report

A preliminary investigation into the recent California diving liveaboard fire that killed 34 people has concluded that none of the six crew was awake when it broke out - contravening a law stipulating that such vessels must provide a nightwatch.  Read more...

Back the Bahamas – by diving there

In the wake of last week’s deadly Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas has issued a plea to scuba divers and other tourists to provide support by continuing to visit those parts of the Caribbean island chain it says were unaffected by the natural disaster. Read more...

Hope for makos and rhino rays

Shortfin and longfin mako sharks and 16 species of “rhino rays” are to be added to Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Scuba divers have been among conservationists campaigning to win this element of protection for the threatened species. Read more...

Conception owners move to limit liability

Glen & Dana Fritzler and their company Truth Aquatica, owners of the California liveaboard Conception on which 34 people died in a fire on Monday (2 September), have taken action to minimise possible compensation payments to victims’ families. Read more...

Liveaboard fire leaves 34 dead

All 33 passengers and one crewman on the southern California liveaboard Conception are now presumed dead, following the fire that swept through the vessel early on Monday morning (2 September), reported on Divernet yesterday. Read more...

Diver dies at the Manacles

A female diver died at popular wreck-site the Manacles reef on south Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula on 28 August. She was recovered onto the dive-boat after getting into difficulty on her dive. Read more...

Has anyone seen JIM?

JIM 18 stands alone, but its keepers are hoping that it might be joined by its “soulmate”. The Diving Museum at Gosport has issued a request to divers who might have some idea of the whereabouts of JIM 19 to get in touch, so that it can put a matching pair of the atmospheric diving suits on display. Read more...

DIVE 2019 speaker line-up grows

Galapagos diving, ghost-fishing nets and u/w photo skills will be among topics in focus at DIVE 2019 with the addition of Monty Halls, Christine Grosart and Mario Vitalini to the line-up of diving luminaries set to step on stage at the UK’s biggest annual event for scuba divers. Read more...

IoW find alters Stone Age perceptions

An 8000-year-old platform, described as the most intact wooden structure from the Middle Stone Age ever found in the UK, has been found at a depth of 11m off the Isle of Wight - in what is believed to be the world’s oldest boat-building site. Read more...