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Missouri Citizen Sleuth Cracks 10-Year Local Mystery

James Hinkle discovered the missing car and likely remains of Donnie Erwin in Missouri

(Newser) - Citizen sleuth James Hinkle has developed a unique set of skills over the years—drone camera operator, rescue diver, and volunteer firefighter—and per the Washington Post , they've helped him crack a 10-year cold case. In December, Hinkle's nearly two years of investigating waterways helped recover the missing...

Scuba Divers Rescue Baby Shark Trapped in Odd Place

Connecticut couple diving in Rhode Island found juvenile creature stuck in a work glove

(Newser) - A Connecticut couple's scuba diving trip in Rhode Island on Monday turned into a mission to rescue a baby shark. Deb and Steve Dauphinais of Glastonbury, Connecticut, were diving on the sand flats off Jamestown, Rhode Island, when Deb Dauphinais spotted the 16-inch juvenile shark with its head stuck...

'Dr. Deep Sea' Resurfaces After 'Extreme' Endeavor

Dr. Joseph Dituri spent a record-breaking 100 days underwater for science in a Florida lagoon

(Newser) - A university professor who spent 100 days living underwater at a Florida Keys lodge for scuba divers resurfaced Friday and raised his face to the sun for the first time since March 1. Dr. Joseph Dituri set a new record for the longest time living underwater without depressurization during his...

Diver Captures Amazing Giant Octopus Encounter
Diver Captures 'Mind-Blowing'
Giant Octopus Encounter
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Diver Captures 'Mind-Blowing' Giant Octopus Encounter

It 'was giving me a hug,' she says

(Newser) - Canadian high school teacher Andrea Humphreys has done almost 700 dives, and she says she's never experienced anything as "mind-blowing" as her encounter with a giant Pacific octopus. She says that when she started filming the creature during a dive off the east coast of Vancouver Island, it...

YouTube Divers Say They Found Man Missing Since 2003

Family called in 'Adventures With Purpose' team

(Newser) - James Amabile was on his way to pick up his daughters from a babysitter in Dec. 2003, and had told the babysitter he was running late. The 38-year-old never arrived, and was never seen again, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Now, a scuba diving team that is dedicated to helping families...

Scuba Jaunt Takes Frightening Turn for This Diver

Giant octopus latches onto him in Sea of Japan

(Newser) - If ever there were a video that makes us glad we're safe on our sofa and not floating in the ocean, this would be it. reports the clip comes out of the Sea of Japan, where a Russian scuba diver swimming around the Garrow Peninsula is...

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...

'Mount Everest of Cave Diving' Claims More Lives

2 divers found dead in Eagle's Nest caves on Monday

(Newser) - A sign posted at the entrance to a dangerous underwater cave system in Florida reads, "Stop: Prevent Your Death!" next to an image of the grim reaper, reports NDTV . It didn't stop Patrick Peacock, 53, and Chris Rittenmeyer, 38, whose bodies were recovered from the Eagle's...

Florida Diver Is Pulled Into Nuclear Plant Pipe

It's not the first time a scuba diver has survived the 1/4-mile ride

(Newser) - Florida native Christopher Le Cun was out enjoying a day on the boat with his family and best friend on July 12, 2015, when the two decided to anchor to a buoy and scuba dive down to mysterious structures faintly visible below. Le Cun swam up to one that he...

Ancient Shipwreck Dates to Time When Rome Still Ruled

Divers spend hours descending 400-plus feet in search of artifacts

(Newser) - Scientists in Italy are teaming up with highly skilled divers from Florida to carefully sift through an ancient shipwreck dating back thousands of years—to the second Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage from 218BC to 201BC. It could be one of the oldest shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, and is...

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...

After Amazing Rescue, Diver Found Dead

Earlier stories point to 2 divers found alive

(Newser) - Five Japanese scuba divers who'd been missing for days turned up yesterday ; reports later in the day fueled hope for the two still missing, with local police saying fishermen had found the two on a cliff some 16 feet over the water but couldn't reach them in the...

5 Scuba Divers Alive After 3 Days at Sea

2 Japanese divers still missing

(Newser) - Rescuers in Indonesia continue to search for two Japanese scuba divers missing since Friday, buoyed by the remarkable rescue of the other five members of the diving group today. Fishing boats spotted the five women clinging to a coral reef off the coast of Bali, reports AFP . They had drifted...

Father, Son Drown in Dangerous Cave Dive

They were testing out new equipment given as a Christmas gift

(Newser) - A father and son are dead after attempting an advanced Florida cave dive using the brand new equipment the teen had received as a Christmas present, Fox News reports. Darrin Spivey and his son, Dillon Sanchez, 15, were last seen alive while suiting up for a dive down to Eagle...

Divers Finally Get to Explore 'Blue Hole' Mystery Cave

New Mexico site has been sealed for nearly 40 years

(Newser) - The last divers to venture into an underwater cave known as the "Blue Hole" in New Mexico were from the state police in 1976, and they were there to retrieve the bodies of two young divers who died while exploring. Upon exiting, the police divers sealed the opening with...

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...

Angler Reels In Scuba Diver
 Angler Reels In Scuba Diver 

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...

Scuba Diver's Body Found 17 Years Later

 Scuba Diver's Body 
 Found 17 Years Later 

Scuba Diver's Body Found 17 Years Later

Donald Christopher Windecker's remains 'in amazing condition'

(Newser) - On July 10, 1994, scuba diver Donald Christopher Windecker started to sink while ascending after a dive in Lake Tahoe with a friend and was never seen again. On July 23—a little more than 17 years later—his body was discovered by a group of divers 265 feet below...

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