There are better, safer, more responsible live-aboard operators....
David Goldberg - Recreational Diver
November 22, 2002 at 13:27:18
Some have attempted to dismiss the deaths of 20 people on Wave Dancer as "bad luck" and argue that Hughes should not be singled out because other live-aboard dive boats are operated in pretty much the same manner.
I'm sure there are other greedy and negligent dive boat operators, the Aggressor Fleet certainly comes to mind, but there are also better, safer and more responsible live-aboards. The boat my wife and I went on last summer in the Caribbean does not leave port when there are hurricanes in the area and gives full refunds for any lost dives due to weather cancellations, mechanical failure (compressors) or other problems on the operator side.
Conversely, Hughes (and the Aggressor Fleet) have adopted NO CANCELLATION policies that force the customer to bear the burden of responsibility for anything that goes wrong. That's why we decided not to book with Hughes/Aggressor before the Wave Dancer deaths confirmed our suspicions that Peter Hughes live-aboards are not safe.