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Old 05-10-2010, 09:14 AM   #1
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Found Body of a Abalone Diver....RIP

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article...-missing-diver


Here is the latest news I found this morning....so for everyone out there, be REAL CAREFUL!! My consoledense to the family of the deceased abalone diver.

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Old 05-10-2010, 09:20 AM   #2
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:33 AM   #3
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So sad... why was he wearing 35lbs of weight?
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:51 AM   #4
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so sad rip, thats a lot of weight
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:55 AM   #5
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Man, that's just hard to hear.
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:39 AM   #6
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RIP, I wonder if he was wearing a thicker wetsuit then 1/4 or was a big guy
that needed more weight to sink the suit in shallow water?
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Old 05-10-2010, 11:22 AM   #7
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R.i.p !
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Old 05-10-2010, 11:29 AM   #8
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Re: Found Body of a Abalone Diver....RIP

Very glad they were able to recover the body.
RIP brother.
From what I read he was a picker that was wearing a weight belt and no fins.
A wave came in an dragged him out to sea.
Seems like he might have taken a hit on the rocks or you would have thought he would have dropped his weight belt and catch bag.
That is a lot of weight even for a big guy and I can only imagine it was to make getting down in the 3-5' of water easier.
I would never go out without fins and shore pickers are nuts for playing in the tide pools. We get too many big waves that roll through unannounced and I would hate to be in the crash zone when they hit the rocky shore.
Very sad
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Old 05-10-2010, 11:36 AM   #9
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Thanks Tino, I had no idea guys do this with out even duck feet.
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Old 05-10-2010, 11:45 AM   #10
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Really sucks to think that his daughter was the last one to see him. Very, very sad.
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Old 05-10-2010, 11:52 AM   #11
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Thanks Tino, I had no idea guys do this with out even duck feet.
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There is this gradient that people go from fully terrestrial to fully aquatic when hunting abalone. Abalone can be found high and dry on the low low tides and people can wear shoes and socks and not get wet. But the problem is the transition between the land and water.

Some pickers get on a wetsuit and need to combat the buoyancy, so they get a weight belt. They don't want to be neutral at thirty-ish feet like us but rather want to feel negative like they were walking on land even in four feet of water, so they wear much more weight than we do. But then they want to walk in the tide pools and not have on cumbersome fins so thick booties or shoes are used.

All of this works just fine until they step in a deep pool, get sucked out into deep water, slip, or even hit their heads. A lot can go wrong.

I don't know if you So-Cal guys have seen what a zoo it is in places like Van Damme in Mendocino county on the the minus tides. People wearing a strange combo of scuba and freedive gear, drive their boats and kayaks to the outer reef, and crawl around in the tide pools.
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Old 05-10-2010, 11:56 AM   #12
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Thanks Kirby, I had no idea.
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:09 PM   #13
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Re: Found Body of a Abalone Diver....RIP

a key point to what happened may be the mesh bag still attached to the weight belt...if he was washed out and the bag hung up under a reef or rocks, it is very likely he wasn't able to release the belt and free himself before blacking out....more than one scuba diver has been found deceased with weight belt and mesh bag still attached to their body.. I never attach anything to my weight belt (stringers, lobster bags, lift bags, etc) without a large quick-release snap I can grab easily...but, if you hit your head on a rock in surge, that will also do you in...if you get in trouble, sometimes it is smarter to move out into deeper water rather than risk your life in the rocks coming ashore..
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:24 PM   #14
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Sailors know that sea room - distance FROM land - means safety, because hard things break boats, water does not. Same principle for divers - getting slammed against rocks is a killer - stay away from them when things are rough, give them room - land does not always equal safety - sometimes it is the most dangerous place to be in proximity to.
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So sad... why was he wearing 35lbs of weight?
My thoughts exactly
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