Dive at your own risk...
Phil - Trimix instructor trainer/Instructor
August 28, 2007 at 14:34:40
Any diving related death is a tragedy, for the victims family, friends and the ones involved in a rescue attempt. As divers we know of the inherent risks of this sport and we choose to accept those risks to enjoy something we like to do. From what I have read of this incident, the boat crew followed procedure, the coast guard was informed and a boat was sent out to meet the incoming vessel. Would the availability of a helicopter change the outcome? That is something no one can answer for sure.
Why is it that when tragic accidents like this occur people (media) start to blame the rescuers (coast guard) for not doing enough? People here's a tip, you don't know how lucky you are. There are a lots of dive distinations around this big world of ours that can only dream of the rescue services you have at your command. If you need to have your emergency services on hand for you at a dive site, I would suggest diving in front of your local coast guard center or maybe beach front hospital.