One mistake away from Disaster....7/29/21

May 13, 2004
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Bob Ballew
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...Yesterday, the Ocean Odessey sport charter boat was offshore Mexico when the rooftop kelp spotter saw a man in the water...His "man overboard" yell, quickly set things into motion. After the rescue, it turned out to be a free diver who was diving off his father's boat some 20 miles off the Mexican coast..He became separated and had been in the water over 4 hours before being spotted...
...It is easy to disappear in the waves as the swell builds...multiple spotters should always be posted for any offshore diving trip...it was his lucky day...this time..

Moral: Anytime a free diver enters the ocean, he is just one mistake away from becoming part of the food chain...
 
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marlyn

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    After 4 hours you would hope his dad would have radioed coast guard and every other boat in the area to search for him,glad he was okay.
     
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    jeez so crazy super glad he was spotted praise the Lord! With the windswell on the rise it gets more dangerous to be away from the boat for sure. This is a good outcome would love to hear from him what he was thinking how it went down if he was praying
     
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    jer dog

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    The reason he stayed afloat for 4 hours,
    Is because he has big balls, for
    Going in the water 20 miles from shore.
     
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    May 13, 2004
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    Bob Ballew
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    I took the liberty to repost, as not all free divers read the rod and reel reports...plus I received the info in e-mails from two of the sport charter captains as soon as it occurred...
    ...The young diver later stated he dropped in while the boat was still moving and his dad didn't see him exit the boat....lack of communication created a near disaster...good lesson for all...
     
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