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Six year old conquers Three Peaks Challenge for Deptherapy

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Six year old Lucas Lawrenson is believed to be the youngest person ever to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in under 24 hours after conquering the epic Three Peaks Challenge with his Dad Adam this week.

The father and son from Sutton Manor, St Helens, were raising money for scuba diving rehabilitation charity Deptherapy and have raised around £1200 to date.

Army veteran Adam Lawrenson  joined Team Deptherapy last October and wanted to give back to the charity that has helped him come to terms with his experiences in Afghanistan and other armed conflict.

Lucas and Adam completed the challenge in an incredible 23 hours, 46 minutes and 24 seconds. The Three Peaks Challenge comprises a total walking distance of 23 miles (37km) and the total ascent is 3064 metres (10,052ft). The total driving distance is 462 miles.

Adam said: I am super proud of how a six-year-old can achieve something like this. A moment of pain is a lifetime of glory. It is proof that, with the right guidance a child is capable of anything. He’ll be climbing Everest at 15!”

Richard Cullen, Chairman of Deptherapy said: “This is an incredible achievement. Adam is an amazing man and a devoted father. Everyone at Deptherapy is very proud of Adam and his hero of a son Lucas. The charity salutes you both.”

The money raised by Adam and Lucas means that another veteran who has suffered life changing mental and/or physical challenges will be able to join  the Deptherapy programme.

You can still donate through their JustGiving page here.

For more about Deptherapy, visit www.deptherapy.co.uk.

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Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy

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According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!

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As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on simon@europe.naui.org or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on cwarner@europe.naui.org.

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