Novice divers abandoned in the middle of the ocean by boat captain in Thailand


A couple from Texas celebrating their first anniversary in Thailand found themselves abandoned in the ocean while scuba diving.

Lexa and Jake Mendenhall, on their first trip as certified scuba divers, made two one-hour dives before noticing that their boat was gone. They had been stranded with two instructors from the Thai diving company and another couple of novice divers.

“I kept thinking, ‘What if there’s no boat?  It’s evening,” Lexa Mendenhall told reporters.

Apparently the boat captain had engine trouble and chose to go back to shore without them.

After 30 to 45 minutes bobbing on 5-foot waves — Lexa said she had previously seen sharks in the reef — a boat full of snorkelers noticed them, and they climbed in.

“The fact that he left is just insane to me,” Jake Mendenhall said.

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