What was your closest call with death when diving?

+4 votes
asked Jan 29, 2017 in Scuba Diving by SpongeBobby (50 points)
retagged Feb 14, 2017 by Shark Zen

3 Answers

+2 votes
answered Feb 17, 2017 by Deepbeastbeneath (100 points)

While spearfishing in the Bahamas I had a shot a really large Yellow Jack and did not manage to land a kill shot on him with my Hawaiian Sling. He quickly swam off, with my spear, into the distance and I thought all hope was lost. Not even 5 minutes later I see him swimming back towards me, with my spear, bleeding profusely and he proceeds to die on the bottom right in front of me. I was pretty excited not only to have my spear back but to get the fish as well. I then noticed that this jack did not come back alone but had been followed by a rather large( maybe 8ft) bull shark. This bull was not just cruising by, he was quickly darting back and forth and swimming with purpose. So in order to have something to defend myself I quickly swim over and grab the spear but kick the jack off, figuring he will go for this easy meal. Well that was far from what he was interested in as he hits the jack's body then B-lines straight to me at the surface. I had jabbed him a few times in the face, but he laughed that off and kept coming at me. I managed to get lucky since I was close to this peninsula of jagged water worn rocks. I pulled myself up onto them, nearly snapping my fin in my haste, and managed to then walk back close enough to my boat and safety. 

+1 vote
answered Apr 25, 2017 by sharkdiver (65 points)
I think I had done a total of 10 dives when I found myself in the water with an experienced diver with well over 1000 dives who inexplicably began to panic on the surface. Not sure why he panicked but he was so freaked out that he could not figure out how to inflate his BC. I had to orally inflate it for him while he nearly drowned me climbing on top of me. I managed to survive and save his life too. Proving once again that man is the most dangerous animal alive!
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answered Nov 20, 2017 by richardehyman (2,630 points)
Well, I was handling the high intensity lights during filming (Cousteau) and there was a short circuit or something. I was being shocked and could not get the cable out of my hands. Stuck to me. Scary! - All other dives were then suspended that day. - A couple years later, the guy that took my job was killed. Embolism. Speculation was that it was electrical.
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