Paul Marsh graciously donated a 20 kg Mulloway to the NSW Research Angler Program . The fish was estimated to be 10 years old and was caught around the Central Coast at spot X in the middle of Winter. Well done Mudcrab!
I am very happy that I just read that the diver is recovering and he is ok!
Unfortunately the articles does not give many information on the event. He was found unconscious in 12m depth (at the bottom). 99.99% this was a black out with no safety dive buddy.
Definition of safety diver/dive buddy: One who watches a diver throughout all of the divers dive, i.e. never looses sight/information on where the diver is. A guy that is fishing 5/10m away from another diver and does not pay attention during a dive, is a great mate, but not a safety diver.
From experience I have from freediving competitions it is most likely (probable) that what happened to him happened either at the surface or very close to the surface. Then the diver being unconscious descended (maybe too many weights, or he lost air and became negative in terms of buoyancy) . After that, somebody found him – we don’t know how much time passed until he was found.
It is unlikely that there was a dive buddy watching him throughout his dive and lost him during the dive. If this was the case the dive buddy / safety diver would find him immediately and would only need to keep his head out of the surface and he would start breathing again on his own.
Once the black out happens, the diver stays unconscious and does not breath for a very short period of time (about a minute?) After that as a reflex he starts having contractions that result – if underwater – water into the lungs from which point and on recovery becomes very difficult.
Now the majority of you guys have start having hi-tech diving equipment that allows you to stay longer and dive deeper into the water. I would please like to ask you to consider – at least for competitions – to have a dive buddy system. Otherwise I am afraid we may start having more often dive accidents – I hope we’ll never EVER see one ever again!!! – related to breathhold black outs. Diving in a competition without a safety diver is something like driving a racing car without a seat belt. And I am sure nobody wants to drive a racing car without a seat belt.
A few of the guys headed up the North coast of NSW in March. Here is the report from Ben Lake.
Jeffro, Marty and I drove up to the North Coast on Thursday night. Jeffro managed to safely navigate us out the bar in the shiny red Seydel each morning (on a low tide) under some challenging conditions and we dove Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Overall the conditions were good with surprisingly few boats out at the islands and viso up to about 20 metres in parts.
We all managed a new species on the trip: Jeffro – Gold Spot Wrasse, Marty – Spanish Mac and Bluebar, Ben – Cobia. There were good numbers of Spanish around and we managed 14 over the three days. We all got visual on Wahoo a couple of times but we didn’t manage to boat one (lessons learned by Marty and Ben). Jeffro said it’s not his fault he didn’t shoot one as ‘we spooked the school taking pot shots’…. Marty and I say they must have been bigger than we realised!
It was a shame that more of you couldn’t make it up, but I’d encourage you to try and make the effort to get a crew and boat together and go.
Our final & Annual General Meeting of 2013 congratulated the committee on a great year. The Dolphins still hold the Alliman Shield thanks to a 3 all draw with St George but since we had the shield in 2012 we keep it this year.
The 2013 Club Championship results are finalised and congratulations goes to Evan Leeson taking out the Club Championship just barely in front of the 2013 Alliman Champion and club runner up Derrick Oscar Cruz.
The Dolphins 60th Birthday party was a truly awesome event with some amazing people coming along from previous club generations. There will be a separate post on that soon with some photos and video of the day. There are plenty of shirts and stubbie holders for sale which will be available at the club meetings or just contact the new merchandise officer Ben Bayfield.
The 2014 Committee was voted in and is already working hard on various things. First on the list is the Social Events for the year. Allot of thought has been put into this to get to the right places when fish and weather is likely to be in favour so do your best to get time off or a pass from the boss to get to these events.
High on the list of priorities in the social events is pairing up newer divers with veterans to pass on knowledge and experience. This has proven in the past to build membership numbers and earn us competition wins. You can see all the events for the year on our Google Calendar. Simon Trippe has made a nice one page Calendar if you prefer.