The Magazine for Underwater Professionals

Mar/Apr 2017

ILLUSTRATED GLOSSARY & FROM OUR ARCHIVES

Ignorance, stupidity, mindlessness

"Please explain to the nice gentleman from the Marine Conservation Society how dredging doesn't harm the environment but a diver using a powered tool does ..."

The MMO has ignored 6550 letters of concern sent to them in a campaign to save a unique area of marine wildlife around Falmouth from dredging activities.* Dumb or what?


*Divernet

FROM OUR ARCHIVES...

100 years ago
Harry Houdini, the great escapologist, secretly patented his clever quick-release dry suit in July 1917. Using this suit he magically disappeared and reappeared during daring underwater escapes, including under the ice of the river Hudson at New York. The two-piece suit incorporated a waist seal which he could operate without any assistance from anyone else.

 

150 years ago
A tragic accident occurred in Regents Park, London, in January 1867 when several hundred people were skating on the frozen lake. The ice suddenly gave way and a large number of people disappeared under the freezing water. CE Heinke at nearby Great Portland Street sent three of his divers to search for bodies. They dived for up to 20 minutes at a time in the black water and sank into the soft mud at the bottom up to their knees. They found none of the bodies and it seems that most of them had already been recovered by grappling for them.

 

 

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