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Swimming for bare survival

Without ENOS we swam for our lives

Swimming for bare survival

Human being = the source of error  —  without  ENOS we swam for our lives
 
During an exploration dive at a new dive spot we (four divers) carried the safety devices available on the market today, however in summary, they all failed us. It is only because of enormous physical exertion and great luck that we are in the situation where we can report it today.
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Our “adventure” happened in a world class dive region. Our dive group consisted of the owner of the diving center, his buddy (a professional diver in his past), my wife and I.
We started in the morning and after one hour we reached the "hot-spot": a "pinnacle" in the open water, coming up from the depth like a column and ending above the surface — a magnet for big fish.
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The current was extremely strong and swept us far away from the pinnacle into the open sea. Inflated sausages, whistles, screams and waving fins were without any result because of the high waves and distance.
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At the beginning I was relatively quiet as the currents swept us away. ... The boat must come to pick us up! Why don’t they find us? After more than one hour in the open water little by little, we realized that the boat couldn’t see us anymore and that it was not going to pick us up...
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After a night in the sea I didn’t think we would have a good chance to be rescued the next day

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But because of the high waves and the stress, my wife was totally exhausted. She did breath but she was no longer able to move and nearly not addressable. With inflated BCD I carried her for 4 hours. ... At 04:00 pm in the afternoon we could see the cliff line. Waves about several metres high crashed against the rocks  –  impossible to exit.
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Our dramatic story was published in magazine "TauchHISTORIE", issue 03/2015, page 37.
 
Oliver und Claudia