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The Story Behind a Bag of 'Scuba Crap' on eBay

'Maybe I can make enough from selling to cover the pain and sadness'

(Newser) - Amy Cook was recently cleaning out her attic in Lubbock, Texas, when she came across her husband's scuba gear. It hasn't been used in years, so she got his permission and posted the items on eBay . But her post, titled "Steve's Scuba Crap & why it... More »

Man Learns to Scuba Dive to Search for Wife's Remains

Yasuo Takamatsu's wife was lost in the 2011 Japan tsunami

(Newser) - On a chilly morning last weekend, a 57-year-old Japanese man adjusted his diving mask before heading out to sea from the tsunami-hit northeast coast, but he wasn't doing it for fun: Yasuo Takamatsu is learning to scuba dive in hopes of finding the remains of his wife. As Japan... More »

Man Paddles From Cuba to US ... Standing Up

First person to do the 110-mile journey on a paddleboard

(Newser) - Ben Friberg is far from the first person to paddle from Cuba to the US. He is, however, the first person to paddleboard from Cuba to the US, a feat he accomplished yesterday via a 28-hour, 110-mile journey. Friberg, a 35-year-old musician from Tennessee, stood up on his 14-foot-long paddleboard... More »

'Honeymoon Killer' Deported to US

Gabe Watson likely to face murder trial in Alabama

(Newser) - An Alabama man convicted of manslaughter in Australia for his wife's drowning death has been deported back to the US by Australia. Gabe Watson—dubbed the "Honeymoon Killer"—served 18 months in an Australian jail. He is expected to face a murder trial in Alabama, and Australian authorities... More »

Daring Dachshund Becomes First K-9 Diver

Russian dog has its own scuba suit

(Newser) - A Russian diving enthusiast has developed a scuba-diving dry suit complete with helmet, breathing mask, and oxygen source for his K-9 companion Boniface, the daring diving dachshund. The first experimental dive was declared a success by his owner who gave demonstrations over the weekend, though Boniface whined while underwater. See... More »

Divers Find Bell of Andrea Doria

Bridge bell had been 'forgotten'

(Newser) - A group of divers has stumbled upon the 75-pound bridge bell of the SS Andrea Doria, the massive Italian ocean liner that sank off Nantucket, Massachusetts, in 1956. Two divers were just about to surface when they spotted a "very distinctive shape sticking out of the sand," says... More »

Tiger's Peace Offering: a Boat

New dive boat for Woods is actually a gift for Elin Nordegren

(Newser) - Tiger Woods’ new boat isn’t a reward for completing sex rehab—it’s a gift for his wife. The appropriately named Solitude, a custom 61-footer, “is a dive boat and was designed for Elin, who loves the sport,” a source tells People . It was commissioned two years... More »

RI Man Gets 25 Years for Wife's Scuba Murder

Former dive shop owner guilty of Caribbean killing

(Newser) - A former scuba shop owner has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for murdering his wife during a dive in the British Virgin Islands. David Swain of Rhode Island killed his wife by ripping off her mask and shutting off her air supply as the pair swam near a... More »

Determined Diver Finds Lost Wedding Ring in Harbor

(Newser) - When Aleki Taumoepeau lost his wedding ring at the bottom of Wellington Harbor in New Zealand, his wife offered to buy him a new one. But Taumoepeau would have none of it, swearing he’d find the original ring. He’d thrown an anchor in after it, and was convinced... More »

Diver Dies of Bends Filming for Natl. Geographic

(Newser) - An underwater photographer has died of the bends while filming for National Geographic, reports the Telegraph. Carl Spencer, 37, was part of team exploring the the British World War I hospital ship HMHS Britannic, the sister ship of the Titanic, off the coast of Greece. He collapsed and was airlifted... More »

Rescuers May Bore Hole in Filipino Ferry

Waves hold ships at bay

(Newser) - As strong waves keep rescue ships at bay, Philippine officials are weighing two plans for getting inside the massive ferry that capsized with more than 740 people aboard. They will likely either send divers from below or bore a hole in the ship’s hull, the AP reports. “We're... More »

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