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New Zealand Diving Charter Fined in death of Bruce Porter

Bruce Porter was a member of the Western Underwater Dive Club. Eleven club members, including Mr. Porter, booked a dive charter vessel tour in New Zealand on 7 February 2014. Mr. Porter was from England and settled in New Zealand on Aukland’s North Shore with his wife in 2008. While diving near the entrance to […]

Propeller case settles for $12 million

On 9 August 2011, a father (Jared C. Adkins, then 39) and his son (Calvin Adkins, then 11) of Harrington Delaware were on a dive boat charter in the Florida Keys. They were on the Big Dipper, a 46 foot dive boat, belonging to the Florida Keys Dive Center in Tavernier Florida on Plantation Key. […]

Bruce Porter, killed by dive catamaran propeller off New Zealand

Bruce Porter was diving with a group of friends at Tutukaka, New Zealand, about 30 kilometers east of Whangarei, at the entrance to Poor Knights Islands on Friday 7 February 2014. Mr. Porter was an experienced 56 year old diver from Auckland New Zealand. Details are sketchy, but reports indicate he had surfaced from a […]

DAN Europe Renews Propeller Injury Prevention Safety Campaign

Divers Alert Network (DAN) Europe is known for launching a long running propeller injury awareness program for divers in 2004. That campaign was relaunched in July 2013 for 2013-2014 as “Watch Out! Propellers Can Kill!” DAN’s new propeller safety campaign focuses on trying to manage the risk of propeller injuries from both sides: from the […]

Casey Schulman Was Not the First: Catamaran Dive, Snorkel, & Party Boat Propeller Accidents

Casey Schulman’s Anchorage Dive Center charter boat propeller accident in Dominica was not the first one. The recent Casey Schulman propeller accident in Dominica involving a large Sail Cat on a Snorkel & Party charter has been called a “freak accident” by the media and even by the tour boat company involved. Anchorage, the charter […]

Tourists Being Struck and Killed by Boat Propellers in Diving / Snorkeling Areas

The recent December 2012 Casey Schulman propeller accident is reminiscent of many other diving and snorkeling tourist prop strikes in diving / snorkeling areas. These regions of the world often lack quick emergency response teams, paramedics, life flight, trauma centers, advanced medical care, and blood supplies. Boats are usually not registered and no boating safety […]

Diver Struck by Propeller Caught on Underwater Video

On February 13, 2012 a male Ukrainian tourist and his friend were snorkeling off the City Sharm Hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, an area of the Red Sea world renown by divers for its crystal clear water and underwater sights. A boat came by at high speed and its propeller struck the Ukrainian in the […]