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Renowned Safety Diver Dies During a Rescue

Stephen Keenan went to aid fellow diver, then blacked out

(Newser) - He was considered one of the best, if not the best, safety divers in the world, and Stephen Keenan died after coming to the rescue of a fellow diver. The 39-year-old Dublin native died over the weekend at the dangerous Dahab Blue Hole in Egypt, reports Deeper Blue . Keenan was... More »

Divers Made Decision That Prevented Certain 'Suicide'

Xisco Gracia survived 60 hours in air pocket after sending partner for help

(Newser) - A wise decision by two expert divers saved both of their lives, though one of them had to hold tight for 60 hours, 130 feet below the surface, experiencing hopelessness and hallucinations. The BBC reports on the extraordinary ordeal of Xisco Gracia, who was diving with a partner Saturday off... More »

Stingray Kills Aquarium Worker

Philip Chan, 62, was helping transfer Singapore sea creatures to new homes

(Newser) - In what police are calling the first death of its kind in Singapore, a longtime professional diver was killed by a stingray Tuesday at a shuttered aquarium, the BBC and Reuters report. Philip Chan, 62, who'd worked at Underwater World since it opened its doors in 1991, was the... More »

Diver Caught in Whale 'Poonado'

Cloud of feces was 100 feet in diameter

(Newser) - As octopuses shoot out ink as a defense mechanism, so sperm whales blast threats with poop. At least that's the theory explained by a diver to the BBC . Keri Wilk and three fellow divers were engulfed in what he describes as a "poonado" let loose by one such... More »

Divers Find 48 Girls Crammed In Ferry Cabin

Life vests may have actually hindered escapes

(Newser) - Divers searching the sunken Sewol ferry found the bodies of 48 girls inside a single cabin with a capacity of 30, officials announced today. They believe the passengers all rushed into the same room as the ship began to sink, CNN reports. Like most of the bodies found in the... More »

Costa Concordia Diver Killed

Spaniard gashed leg on underwater metal

(Newser) - The Costa Concordia disaster has claimed its 33rd victim, after a diver working on the massive salvage operation died yesterday, reports the AP . The unidentified Spaniard was attaching large tanks to the side of the cruise ship, reports Reuters , when he apparently gashed his leg on underwater sheet metal and... More »

Daring Divers Pull Off Rescue ... of Sex Doll

Turkish team heard warnings of floating body

(Newser) - Locals in northern Turkey were frantic when they saw a woman's body floating in the Black Sea, so they called in help and watched as officials cordoned off the beach and a team of divers made their daring rescue. So everyone was less than thrilled to find that the... More »

Mom's Cancer, Family Deaths Kept From China Diver

News hidden from Wu Minxia to ensure success

(Newser) - Wu Minxia won gold yet again for China in the women's synchronized 3m springboard at the London Olympics, making her the first diver to ever take gold at three consecutive Games—but the honor comes at a great cost. Wu's father tells the Shanghai Morning Post that he... More »

Divers Rescue Teddy Bear From Costa Concordia

After little boy's father asks Giglio residents for help

(Newser) - At this point, dives into the Costa Concordia wreck usually involve recovering bodies, but divers recently got a break from that grim task for a more bittersweet rescue operation: recovering a little boy's teddy bear. The mayor of Giglio asked the divers to find the bear after seeing a... More »

Diver Balances Sharks Lulled Into Trance

She induces hypnotic state to aid ocean predator

(Newser) - Comfortable around sharks? How about stroking and holding one until it lulls into a trance so profound, you can hold it vertically by the nose. Italian diver Cristina Zenato does just that in her work with Caribbean Reef sharks, the Daily Mail reports. She induces a hypnotic state by stroking... More »

Cork Popped on World's Oldest Champagne

Bottles of 200-year-old bubbly found in shipwreck

(Newser) - How does champagne taste after spending around 200 years at the bottom of the sea? “The flavors that came to my mind were yeast, honey and—dare I say—a hint of manure,” writes Louise Nordstrom of the AP , one of 20 people invited to taste two of... More »

AP Journalist Takes a Dive in the Oily Gulf

(Newser) - Intrepid AP journalist Rich Matthews took an oily dip into the Gulf and found it to be quite a scary experience. Five seconds into the dive his mask was smeared with oil. Below the surface, he could see only oil; there was nothing alive under the slick. It was dark... More »

Whale Saves Drowning Diver

(Newser) - A beluga whale came to the rescue of a woman who got into trouble during a free-diving contest at a Chinese aquarium, the Telegraph reports. The woman, who wasn't wearing breathing equipment, suffered cramps near the bottom of the aquarium's Arctic pool and found herself unable to rise. The whale,... More »

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