MONTEREY, Calif.- People from around the world are heading to the central coast to hit the ocean, but officials are cautioning people to be extra careful, because it’s already gotten deadly out there.
A second diver in just a week has died at Breakwater Cove after emergency crews couldn’t revive him. The death comes less than a week after a diver went missing in the same location. While we still don’t know what caused the accidents, we know both divers were alone. Nevertheless fire crews and expert divers are saying diving is not as dangerous as you think if the right precautions are taken.
“Scuba diving is ultimately a safe sport”, urges Captain Justin Cooper from the Monterey Fire Department.
Captain Cooper is an avid diver, who served on the Pacific Grove Rescue Team for thirteen years before joining the Fire Department. He knows all too well that the Monterey Peninsula has people pouring from all over the world for it’s premiere diving, and along with it comes potential danger.
Captain Cooper remarks, “if you look every year in the summertime we have a handful of scuba divers that go missing that end up being fatal events.”
However, not all of these incidents are lone divers. There are people who have died with a diving buddy. Earlier this year there was a husband and wife who died diving in Whaler’s Cove, and a few years before a dive instructor passed away off the coast of Carmel after being separated from his group. Despite the fatalities we see every summer season, it is more common to die from a lightening strike on a golf course than it is to die scuba diving according to the Diver’s Alert Network.
During the scuba diving season there is usually 150 divers in the water at a time at any given hour of the weekend according to Hugh Headrick, a dive instructor at Glenn’s Aquarius II. Also he says diving is very safe as long as you follow a few simple rules, “one is to know yourself, two is to know your equipment, and three is to know your environment, and then of course never dive alone.”