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2 Theories Emerge in Dive Boat Tragedy

Diver points to phone-charging station in galley; Conception designer thinks it began in bunk room

(Newser) - A crew member who escaped the Conception dive boat almost immediately suspected a galley charging station as the source of the blaze. Shirley Hansen, who assisted survivors of California's worst maritime disaster since the 1800s from her boat near Santa Cruz Island on Monday, says the crew member described... More »

5 Members of Same Family Among Dive Boat Fire Victims

Charter school students also presumed dead in Conception disaster

(Newser) - Five members of a California family are among the 34 people dead or presumed dead in Monday's devastating fire on a diving boat off Santa Cruz Island. Susana Rosas says her three daughters—Evanmichel Solano Quitasol, Nicole Storm Quitasol, and Angela Rose Quitasol—were on the Conception, along with... More »

25 Confirmed Dead in California Boat Fire

Search for survivors will continue overnight

(Newser) - At least 25 people have now been confirmed dead in a horrific fire on a diving boat off southern California early Monday. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll says the search will continue overnight for nine people still missing in one of the worst maritime disasters in the state's... More »

Diving Boat Mayday Caller: 'I Can't Breathe'

34 are missing after the Conception catches fire, sinks

(Newser) - The search continues—but four bodies have turned up since a commercial diving boat caught fire off the California coast Monday and sank with 34 people apparently on board, the AP reports. Passengers of the Conception were said to be trapped below deck as flames engulfed the 75-foot vessel. Ventura... More »

Wife Dead, Husband Missing in Lake Michigan Diving Accident

Man who failed to surface is presumed dead

(Newser) - An Illinois woman is dead and her husband is missing, presumed dead after a diving accident in Lake Michigan off the shore of Milwaukee, officials say. The Coast Guard says Susan and James Winn, both 53, were diving with three others around 17 miles from the shore on Friday, Fox... More »

Scientists Heading to One of the Last 'Unexplored Frontiers'

Nekton Mission will investigate Indian Ocean ecosystems

(Newser) - Scientists prepared Thursday to embark on an unprecedented, years-long mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. The ambitious expedition will delve into one of the last major unexplored frontiers... More »

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 »

How the Search for an Elusive Fish Led to Filmmaker's Death

Rob Stewart disappeared while diving off the Florida Keys

(Newser) - On Jan. 31, Rob Stewart surfaced from his third dive of the day off the Florida Keys and gave the OK sign. Three days later, the award-winning documentary filmmaker's body was found on the ocean floor . Outside dives into what went wrong and the one question that persists following... More »

Body of Filmmaker Who Disappeared in Florida Found

Rob Stewart was diving in the Florida Keys when his crew lost sight of him

(Newser) - The body of an award-winning Canadian filmmaker was found Friday, three days after he disappeared while diving in the Florida Keys, the BBC reports. Rob Stewart, 37, was diving at the site of a shipwreck Tuesday while filming a sequel to his 2006 documentary Sharkwater. He disappeared after surfacing following... More »

First the Medal, Then the Ring

He Zi of China accepts proposal from boyfriend and fellow diver Qin Kai

(Newser) - Love is in the air at the Olympic diving pool. He Zi of China settled for silver in women's 3-meter springboard on Sunday before accepting another prize: an engagement ring. Boyfriend and fellow diver Qin Kai surprised her with a marriage proposal as she stepped off the medal podium.... More »

Divers Risk Lives to Find the World's Deepest Cave

Team hopes to prove Czech cave bests current record holder in Italy

(Newser) - Polish divers are putting their lives on the line to prove an underwater cave in the Czech Republic is the deepest in the world—hundreds of feet lower than depths survivable by humans, National Geographic reports. Krzysztof Starnawski, leader of the dive team, has been exploring the Hranická Propast cave... More »

'Creeping Crud' Among Risks When Living Underwater

Fabien Cousteau and his team to stay below for 31 days

(Newser) - The health risks of deep-sea diving are one thing—but imagine living underwater for 31 days in a lab no bigger than your average bachelor apartment. That's what Jacques Cousteau's grandson, Fabien Cousteau, and five others are doing in Aquarius, the world's last undersea research lab. They... More »

Deepest-Diving Mammal on Planet Named

Study finds Cuvier's beaked whale swims down almost 2 miles

(Newser) - Cuvier's beaked whales are a rare sight—perhaps because they appear to be the deepest-diving mammals in existence. In a new study, researchers found that the creatures were able to reach a depth of nearly 1.9 miles, Reuters reports. In another record-breaking dive, a beaked whale was able... More »

NY Man Drowns Trying to Break Dive Record

Nicholas Mevoli was one of 56 divers in Bahamas contest

(Newser) - Detectives in the Bahamas are investigating the drowning of a 32-year-old man from New York who was participating in a free diving tournament, police said yesterday. Event organizer William Trubridge identified the man as Nicholas Mevoli of Brooklyn. Trubridge said Mevoli was trying to break a record for the deepest... More »

There's Sunken Treasure Off Massachusetts: Explorer

He thinks pirate ship could have been carrying 400K coins

(Newser) - Avast, me hearties, and hear the tale of an undersea explorer named Barry Clifford, who believes he's closing in on 400,000 coins languishing at the bottom of Davy Jones' locker. As the AP explains, the Whydah sank off Massachusetts in 1717, along with riches plundered from 50 other... More »

Camera Lost in Hawaii Washes Ashore in Taiwan

...6 years later

(Newser) - A Georgia woman has been reunited with the camera she lost during a 2007 trip to Hawaii, which, amazingly, washed ashore in Taiwan. Lindsay Scallan says she was on a scuba diving trip when she lost her camera during a night dive. As CBS Atlanta reports, she had forgotten about... 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 »

Teen Charged for Tweet-Taunting UK Diver

Teen faces charges for 'malicious' tweets: Police

(Newser) - A British teenager has been arrested over an abusive tweet directed toward one of his country's Olympians, reports the BBC . After synchronized diver Tom Daley missed out on a medal with a fourth-place finish, he received this: "You let your dad down i hope you know that."... More »

James Cameron's Sub Sprung Leak

Director: I didn't find anything 'interesting'

(Newser) - James Cameron's trip to the world's deepest spot sounds a wee bit like something of a disappointment. The six hours he intended to spend at the bottom of the sea—filming and gathering geology samples—was cut in half when hydraulic fluid started leaking in his submersible.... More »

Angler Reels In Scuba Diver

Only injury was to frogman's pride

(Newser) - After feeling a huge tug on his line, English angler John Goldfinch fought long and hard to reel in a very rare catch—a scuba diver. The hapless diver, hooked through the crotch of his suit, surfaced some 50 feet offshore. "His girlfriend then surfaced, helped him remove my... More »

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