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 Post subject: 3 divers die on USS SPiegel Grove.
 Post Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 7:35 pm 

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KEY WEST --Three men died today during a diving accident at the Spiegel Grove, a former Navy ship sunk in 2002 to make an artificial reef five miles off Key Largo.

Four men, friends from New Jersey who were reportedly advanced certified divers, hired a boat captained by Mark Cianciu of Scuba-Do Charters to take them to the wreck. During the fatal dive, one man was stationed at the entrance to the ship while the other three went inside, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Sounds like they may have gotton lost in the ship, and ran out of oxygen, or mix, whichever they would use that deep.

A tradgedy, nonetheless....

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 Post Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 5:18 am 
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It has been interesting watching the development of this story. The dive community is really bewildered by the events that took place. The divers were very experienced and never should have been where they were, doing what they were doing, with what they had - or didn't have.

We have done everything in our power to educate visiting divers on the hazards of diving the ships, and the dive operators here in Pensacola have done an excellent job of keeping things safe. There are lots of new dive boats showing up here. With any luck and some hard work it will continue.

Prayers for the vicitims of this tragedy and their families.

Jim Phillips
USS Oriskany Online
MBT Divers
(850) 455-7702

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