LifeLine Real Stories
"Crazy day today...on the bright side, the Nautilus Lifeline is awesome"
|| 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.
"The LifeLine radio is worth every penny"
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.
|| 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.
The peace of mind brought by knowing I had a way to help save myself instantly made the LifeLine radio worth every penny. Since my gopro camera was attached to my dive lights, I even have a photo of the radio actually being used to make the call.
You just saved my life!
"Thank you guys! You just saved my life. $299 was the most important investment I ever made! How small can the price of my life be?
Here is my story. I think I am the first buyer who used the Nautilus Lifeline in 18 hours after purchase.
Yesterday at 6:00 pm, I got a call from our Dive center in Florida. They offered me a spear fishing trip for the next morning at the reed which I couldn’t miss. I am new to spear fishing bit I have 10 years of experience in regular diving. I thought that the current might be strong and it was time to buy your radio. At the last minute before the shop closed I bought a LifeLine.
On the next morning, during our first dive, I must have gone too far from the boat as when I came to the surface I couldn’t see it. Then I saw several boats that were all too far away from me, about 1-1.5 miles. I started calling them and after 2 hours one boat picked me up. In the end, I had drifted 3.5 miles away.
Thank you Nautilus LifeLine!
E. from Florida
I intend to promote your product
"I recently purchased the lifeline diver model. I have never been swept off a
wreck or the anchor line. But I can't say how pleased I am that you
developed this product. One of my first wreck dives I had ever done was in
North Carolina on a rough day and there was a very strong current. A
father/son dive team on another boat in the area got split up and the son
was never found evn though there were several boats and the coast guard searching. It
was not a good day for our sport. My full time job is in aviation and I
thought, `How could I adapt an ELT for this purpose?` I am glad you did more
than think on it! If the son had had the lifeline he may still with us
Thank you again for this product, I work as a diver/crewmember on dive boat
and intend to promote your product as divers sometimes come up away from the
wreck and we need to then find them and recover them"
Peace of Mind
"I've been surfing for 3 years and I LOVE surfing in the winter (I know, crazy right?). It gets pretty cold and lonely off the wild coast of Maryland in the winter time and we really try to create a buddy system for safety reasons. Based on individual demands and schedules, it's not always possible to surf with a friend. When searching in the Internet, the advice you find for safety for solo surfing is 'don't surf alone.' NICE! Well, that's not always possible and if you are yearning for hitting the water, some of us crazies will go it alone regardless. I was fortunate enough to find the Lifeline so that I can still surf and know that I'm literally a click away from help if I'm in trouble. This gives me and my family the peace of mind I need to hit the water with a surfer's lifeline!"
Lifeline lost at sea for nearly two months is back in service.
On September 24th my wife Tiffany, my buddy Bob and I were making a deep dive (70m+) in the middle of the Auau Channel between Maui and Lanai. An equipment malfunction required me to bail of my closed circuit rebreather and switch to open circuit SCUBA at depth. In the urgent scramble to bail, my Nautilus Lifeline was dislodged and lost. I thought the Lifeline was gone forever never to be seen or heard from again.
Fast forward to the DEMA show in November and I get a call from Philip at Nautilus. Seems DLNR enforcement agents had located my Lifeline quite some distance away on the near deserted beaches of the North West shore of Lanai past Shipwreck Beach. Seems they wanted to know if I was still alive... I returned their call. Officer Mike was very pleased to hear I was fine and promptly sent my lifeline back to Maui on the ferry. His parting shot was, "I hope to never see it again but if I do, I hope it is attached to you and you are alive and well."
After a brief soak in fresh water to get the salt and sand out of the hinge, it opened right up and is back in service. It now has a safety lanyard and I am looking forward to receiving the pouch. I was an early adopter and didn't have that option. Thanks for an amazing product that managed to find its way home! My wife has ordered her Lifeline, in Pink of course, to offset all her black Tec gear.
Silent O Solutions LLC
Nautilus Lifeline carried on world record English Channel dive.
Photo Credit: XploreYourLimits/Judith Hoppe
When I set the world record in being the first person to dive through the English Channel on June 29, 2012, I carried a Nautilus Lifeline as an emergency device with me. I am certainly very happy that I did not have to proof that it is working, moreover since I was diving under one of the busiest ship lanes in the world. But to have it with me certainly set my mind at ease and moreover of the support teams on stand by at either side of the Channel.
We now own the Nautilus Lifeline. I will never dive without one.
Photo Credit: Cathy Hebrlee
Long story short - due to deteriorating weather conditions on the surface during a dive in Fiji, our boat captain lost myself, my wife and our two dive masters in open water for about an hour. After multiple unsuccessful attempts to signal using a safety sausage and whistle, we waited for the cloud ceiling to lift. This photo is our rescue by a Zodiac from a live aboard that was in the area. After this experience, we now own the Nautilus Lifeline. I will never dive without one.
Thanks for making such a great product.
Trent and Cathy PADI Rescue Divers, Parker, Colorado at Taveuni Fiji.
This is good insurance.
I am glad to have your radio because I once had a situation where the dive boat lost me and my buddy. This is good insurance in case this should ever happen again.
Stuart Levine, Michigan USA
The Nautilus not only saved our bacon, but saved our trip.
On a recent dive we were hot dropping a wreck in 240'. The current was ripping like it always is there. We missed the wreck and by the time we came up after about 12min of deco the boat had lost track of us. We had blown SMBs quickly, but not quick enough. One of the other divers said "We're screwed, the boat still thinks we are on the wreck". I responded "No we are not screwed" I took out my Nautilus Lifeline and let the boat captain know we bounced, and our GPS position.
We soon saw the boat and talked them right over to us. We got right back on the boat, and decided that we would try for the wreck again, and this time we made it. The Nautilus not only saved our bacon, but saved our trip. You can't do that with and EPIRB.
In addition the digitally encoded GPS/distress signal was picked up instantly by Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, and we where 30 nautical miles east from Port Canaveral. I believe that the other divers as well as the boat captain will be picking a Nautilus up in the near future.
We were picked up by another boat after we drifted 3 miles in 90 minutes.
Hi Captain Lever,
I have just returned from a weeks diving in Grenada, using my CCR. On the last dive, a group of 4 divers descended on the wreck of the Hemer 1, stayed in the water for 40 minutes max depth 100 feet. great dive warm and clear loads of life.
We surfaced all together as a group deploying DSMB's before leaving the Wreck. On surfacing a tropical storm had come over the area reducing the visibility to feet!! and the dive boat had lost our DSMB's and us! we drifted away from the Wreck, in very rough seas some 5 miles south of Grenada, in the Atlantic.
We carried 2 lifelines between the group of 4, we called the boat using the green button, but due to the wind and rain nothing was heard, tried the orange button again nothing as lots of boats had made for shellter due to the conditions.
Finally we fired of the Distress Mode, this was picked up by several boats and a search was started, we drifted 3 miles from the wreck in 90 minutes but where eventually picked up by another dive boat that had come out from Grenada to search. He was guided to us by the GPS numbers transmitted by the Lifeline.
I would like to thank you and your team for developing the product.
I'm a Believer.
My unit arrived just in time! This morning I was bitten by an eel and had to surface early. The boat was far away so I used my Lifeline to call the boat. With my hand hurting and bleeding, it sure was nice to have the boat hear and respond to my call! Even the shop's land based radio heard my call over 5 miles away! I'm a believer!
Richard Apple Tells his experiencein this video.
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