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I picked the following up from another list I'm subscribed to. Thought some people might be interested.

I don't think anything's confirmed, but it doesn't look good.


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From Marv Gozum's Diving Accident list:




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

We have just received the following report from a very reliable
source close to John Bennett.

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I'm sorry to say, that as of 12.45 Monday the 15th, while doing a
salvage dive, John Bennett went missing.

His buddy on the dive said they were both at 45m on top of the ship,
water temp 7c visibility one to two meters no current. They were on
a 29% helium mix, bottom time 20 minutes total time 73 minutes to
the surface

His buddy noticed some unusual behavior rom John and gave John the
OK sign, to which John returned the OK.

Again his buddy noticed John was acting differently and gave John
the up sign. John returned the up sign, so he buddy proceeded to the
up line and then noticed John wasn't behind him. Going back to find
John and seeing no sign of him, the buddy went back to the shot line
and noticed bubbles. Thinking that John was there, the buddy
proceeded to ascend. At his deco stop, the buddy noticed bubbles
ascending past him, but then the bubbles stopped. When the buddy got
out the water, he informed the leader of the job what had happened.
Searching the surface, they spotted some bubbles a distance from the
boat. The assumption was that John had lost the line until a few
minutes later when the bubbles stopped.  When John did not surface,
anoter diver proceeded to do a twenty minute search, but there was
no sign of John. A surface search was then performed for hours, but
still no sign of John Bennett.
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Further information will be released as received and an official
statement will be issued soon.
 

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I really hope that this turns out to be a false rumour,  I met the guy and he was a really easy going down to earth character.

What a tragedy if it transpires to be true,  he was a real family man and I hate to think what this will do to them.



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<font color='#8D38C9'>Just read this on Diver website:
John Bennett

Thoughts & prayers to his family and all concerned

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The irony of it makes it even more of a shocker, this just shows it can happen to anyone.
This really is becoming a very bad year for diving, but far more so for John's family.
Gav met him last year and had nothing but good things to say about the man.
 

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But 45m!  This is a ridiculous depth for somebody with John's background.  A most salutory lesson that no depth is too shallow too cop it regardless of your quals / experience.  And I don't meant that to be in any way dis-respectful.

Very sad for John and his family.
 

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Quote[/b] (Timing @ Mar. 17 2004,16:02)]But 45m!  This is a ridiculous depth for somebody with John's background.  A most salutory lesson that no depth is too shallow too cop it regardless of your quals / experience.  And I don't meant that to be in any way dis-respectful.

Very sad for John and his family.
Indeed Tim and this was a guy who was meticulous in his planning and safety.

Truly a sad day in our sport.

The man was truly a legend and a damn nice guy to have met.

This was a story of his own personal mount everest dive and I cannot think of a more fitting tribute.

300m Dive

Sincere condolences to his friends and family.  May he rest in peace.

Daz
 

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Truly a sad day in our sport.

Second that.

Thoughts with his family.

A sobering reminder to the rest of us.
 

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The following is an email I received from a very dear friend of Johns.

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Hello Darren

I am very sad to say that we have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a great man.  Below is a copy of an email that was very hard to write yesterday; feel free to forward it to anyone that knew him

Andy


Dear all

I hope you'll forgive this very impersonal way of making a very sad announcement and my apologies to those that knew John well that we have not spoken to personally

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that John is missing and presumed dead after a 'commercial' dive in Korea on Monday (March 15).

The exact cause of the accident or details of what happened on the dive are not available yet and all those that knew him would appreciate if speculation on this could be avoided.  When Ron has had a chance to gather his thoughts we will pass along details of the dive along with any other information as we get it.  

Gaby has asked that we let all his friends around the world know of this tragic loss; she is finding that talking is helping so anyone that knew John personally and would like to pass on their condolences please get in touch for Gaby's number.

We mourn the loss of a great friend, colleague and inspiration to those who explored the oceans.  Our thoughts are with Gaby, his children and his dive partner Ron Loos.


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I only found about about this last night and like others I'm still reeling from the news. On behalf of all on YD I extend our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies to John's family, friends and collegues. This is another sad reminder of the fragility and preciousness of life. Farewell John, from all in the UK diving community and beyond.

Can I also ask that, as a matter of respect, we refrain from any speculation and leave the investigation and conclusions to the experts.
 

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<font color='#728FCE'>Ahem to that, it's always sad to lose a fellow diver.
 

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Tragic - it makes it no easier knowing that John was so experienced in his chosen diving fields; Neptune claimed one of his own this week.

God's rest be unto you John. Prayers and condolences to Gaby and the children.
 

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I never had the pleasure of meeting him.  It sounds like he was a great bloke and will be sorely missed.  Somehow his experience and therefore the relative triviality of his final dive brings the news home hard.  It seems so unfair.

It sounds so insincere to send my thoughts to a family I don't even know, but I am sure there is a whole raft of fellow divers out there who feel the same and want to pass on their condolences.

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Very sad.  I'll say a prayer and light a candle tonight for the family.  Words cannot express the pain and grief they must be feeling.  Dive safely out there people.
 
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