Peter Hughes is one of the most dangerous dive operators...
Roscoe Ortiz - Paramedic and Dive Instructor
October 8, 2002 at 18:20:58
Dale, your statement that "Peter Hughes Diving has one of the very best diving operations anywhere" simply does not agree with the facts. And pointing the finger of blame at the victims because they (along with millions of others) decided to holiday in the Caribbean during hurricane season is just plain absurd.
The hurricane did not kill 20 people aboard Wave Dancer. And the victims did not kill themselves by booking a trip during hurricane season. The deaths were caused by the inappropriate and negligent response of your beloved Peter Hughes to a category 4 hurricane. The fact that gross negligence is the exception rather than the rule is why tourism and the economies of the Caribbean do not crash during hurricane season.
Tourists, including dive travelers, trust commercial passenger boat operators, airlines, hotel operators, government officials, etc, to make prudent decisions when danger, such as a category 4 hurricane, threatens. They expect hotels and boat operators to have effective and appropriate emergency preparedness response plans.
Hughes had no emergency preparedness response plan ("...we couldn't find a hotel for the guests...") and did not act prudently. As a result, 20 people were killed aboard Wave Dancer. That is part of the reason why we cannot honestly and accurately describe Peter Hughes Diving as "one of the very best diving operations anywhere".
What we can say, based on all of the available evidence, is that Peter Hughes Diving is one of the most dangerous dive operators anywhere.