| First dive was a shark dive and we had a great hammerhead, silky sharks and a sandbar shark. Second dive there wasn't much to see and when another guy and I came up, we saw the boat in the distance picking up another group.
They couldn't see our SMBs (6ft) so I tried hailing them on the Nautilus. The boat couldn't understand what I was saying so I tried channel 16. The Coast Guard responded to the call and tried to get a fix on our position. I gave them the coordinates on the radio and they relayed that info to the boats in the area but they still couldn't find us.
Coast Guard Lake Worth launched a boat as did Jupiter PD. During this time, the waves were picking up and it started raining pretty hard. I hit the distress button on the Nautilus and the Coast Guard confirmed they had our exact spot mapped out. It was Jupiter PD that got to us first though and they guided our boat in.
We were drifting for about an hour and a half. I can't believe the camera came unhooked. I usually hold on to it but between the radio and the SMB I had to clip it off. When I got back to the boat, the rope was still clipped to the BC but the camera was gone.
|My buddy and I were diving in Key Largo for a few days. On day two our regular boat op was not doing a night dive and we wanted one, so we scheduled with a different smaller op. The smaller op seemed well run, and was happy to take us and two other divers out on an Atlantic reef a little over a mile offshore for a night dive! It was our second night dive this trip, and we still managed to make a few jokes about the movie “open water” on the ride out to the dive site. After all the usual formalities, the buddy pairs got in the water. We had a great dive, saw squid, lots of tropical fish, rays, and eels. There was a fairly strong current across the reef, and it took some focus on navigation to stay near the boat. At the end of the dive, we surfaced about 100’ away from the boat; which I thought was pretty good. Unfortunately we surfaced just in time to hear him fire up the engines and drive off! My first thought was that another boat had come to the area while we were diving and we surfaced by the wrong boat; but after a moment of looking around I couldn’t see any lights other than on shore a long way off. With the current, it would have been an extremely difficult swim – if we’d have made it at all. My buddy started to get upset, and that conversation about the movie flashed back into my mind. Fortunately, I had an insurance policy on a D-Ring. I fired up my LifeLine radio and hailed the boat. We weren’t in the water long before he came and got us and we were safely back on board. It turns out the dive team had not been paying as much attention and had got quite far from the boat. The captain saw their SMB and lights when they surfaced, and went to rescue the distressed divers.|