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Two abalone divers found dead off Northern California coast

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Two abalone divers died in California last week in separate incidents at popular diving locations off the Northern California coast, officials said.

The deaths follow dozens of similar mishaps involving people searching for the prized mollusks off the California coast since the early 1990s, including three divers who died over one weekend in April.

Divers found a 57-year-old Oakland man unresponsive on the ocean floor at the northern end of Fort Ross State Park in Sonoma County on Saturday after they noticed an unattended floatation device, Supervising State Park Ranger Jeremy Stinson told The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa. The man was still wearing his weight belt, which is used to help a diver stay submerged while prying abalone loose from rocks.

They pulled him out, but could not revive him. Sonoma County coroner’s officials identified him on Monday as Alan Rosenlicht.

Stinson said it was not clear how long he had been in the water. He appeared to have been diving alone.

Rosenlicht’s death came a day after lifeguards found a 67-year-old San Francisco man floating in the water in Gerstle Cove in Salt Point State Park, also in Sonoma County. That man was identified on Monday as Clyde Thompson.

The lifeguards found his floatation device off shore after his girlfriend reported that he had not returned from a morning diving trip, Stinson said.

 

Source: www.bakersfieldnow.com

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Roots Red Sea is the Travelers’ Choice

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There is a remote spot on the coast of the Egyptian Eastern Desert that has been steadily developing an enviable reputation amongst the worlds diving community. It’s absolutely no surprise then that Roots Red Sea has just received TripAdvisors top award, Travelers Choice, the 10th year running it has been recognised with awards from TripAdvisor!

With a passing glance, many divers have dismissed a visit to this gem, its rustic appearance and remote location seemingly enough to deter further consideration. However, those that take a closer look have been rewarded with simply a totally unique experience with awesome diving, an unbelievable welcome and life long memories.

Winning an award once could be luck, every year for 10 years, there has to be a reason. Why not go to find out what it is?

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Nays Baghai

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Gemma and Ian chat to Nays Baghai. Inspired by The Blue Planet as a child, Nays’ work as an underwater cinematographer and photographer has been showcased by numerous premier brands, including Rolex and Sony Alpha.  Nays was featured amongst the Top 30 finalists of the Australasian Top Emerging Photographers competition in the Portfolio and Animal categories. He is a PADI-certified Freediving Instructor and Master Scuba Diver, and can dive to 40m both with and without tanks.

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Find more podcast episodes and information at the new www.thebigscuba.com  website and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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