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SCUBA-L  June 2000, Week 2

SCUBA-L June 2000, Week 2

Subject:

Re: Capsized diveboat

From:

Chuck <[log in to unmask]>

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Chuck <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Mon, 12 Jun 2000 18:32:44 -0500

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Aldoras boats have (IMO) a poor blue water characteristic. Especially the
older I and II (II was the one that capsized).  There is a hole in the hull
down almost to the waterline for a door that is used to get divers out of
the water.  Always leaks and there is always water in the bottom of the boat
even in relatively calm seas.  On one trip to Maracaibo, I was looking for a
bucket to start bailing.

Islote is the windward side of the island.  And while probably unsinkable
(so was the Titanic) it is not a boat I would take to that side of the
island.  In fact, in most of the conditions I have seen on that side, I
would be disinclined to take any 6-pack to that side of the island
especially with only a single crew member (typical of Aldora boats but I
dont know that it was the case here.)  If the captain was busy picking
divers out of the water, then he couldn't very well be watching the sea
conditions.  Not a problem on the leeward side where there are not a lot of
waves but on the windward side...  there is a lot of open space between the
windward side and Africa.  Lots of room for waves to build.

CH
----- Original Message -----
From: Huntzinger, Hugh A [AMSTA-AR-CCL-B] <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2000 4:27 PM
Subject: Capsized diveboat


> Hadn't seen any notice of the below event being announced here.
>
> Am I correct in assuming that the "Islote on the other side"
> reference refers to the windward side of Cozumel?
>
> Also, anyone familiar enough with the boat in question to know
> how good of a "bluewater boat" design it is to handle rougher
> stuff, or was this event an 'asking for trouble' kind of
> inevitability?  With the 'unsinkable' comment below, this
> sounds like a small boat...?
>
>
>
> -Hugh
>
>
>
> Taken from <[log in to unmask]> and the UW-Photo list...
>
> > Subject: Aldora divers and Cozumel
> >
> >Some members of the list were asking about Cozumel and specifically
Aldora
> >divers a few days ago.  My friend (Bob Johnson, videographer
> extraordinaire)
> >emailed Aldora to get the straight scoop on their boat sinking.  They had
> >taken some divers to the open ocean side of Cozumel, extremely rare and
> other
> >diver operators won't do it.  Here is their reply and the straight story
> >about the sinking.  And yes, I still think their the best dive operators
on
>
> >Cozumel.  I intend to dive with them again next year.  Thanks.
> >
> >Chuck Watwood
> >
> >MESSAGE FROM ALDORA'S DAVE DILLEHAY:
> >
> >Dear Bob,
> >
> >Thanks for the kind words and support.  The boat did not sink
> >as they "by my design" have positive flotation and cannot.
> >While adventure diving at Islote on the other side, a few
> >rogue waves came up unexpectedly and caught Aldora II sideways.
> >The first swamped her, the second one capsized her and she
> >stayed down.  The boat was in the process of picking up divers
> >and only a few were in the boat.  One person suffered a sprained
> >wrist and all were picked up by another boat.  Aldora II floated
> >to shore (tearing off the tower) where she was retrieved that
> >afternoon and towed back to port.  Motors have been dried out
> >and she should be back in operation very soon.
> >
> >Cost us a lot and makes me a bit leery to continue doing such special
> >sites that include more risk.  Haven't decided on that one yet.
> >
> >Thanks,
> >
> >Dave Dillehay
>

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