Just recently a Scuba diver was injured by a dive boat about 1 mile outside of Hollywood Fl. while surfacing for a 70 ft dive. Fortunately he was rescued by his dive boat shortly after.
The diver suffered injuries from being struck by the passing boat's propeller. He was transported to the Broward Medical Health Center suffering from injuries to his back and shoulders. The latest as of this post is that he is in stable condition. Read the full story here on wsvn.com.
These incidents seem to be happening more frequently lately, or perhaps they are getting more media attention. We have seen another incident a few months ago where a diver was struck by her own dive boat.
Something must be done…
In fact, last year, a scuba diver, David Cruci, experienced being run over by a boat that didn't heed his Diver Down Flag.
While scalloping with a group of buddies near Crystal River, David Curci was struck by a boat and received severe lacerations, tendon damage, and broken bones to his feet and ankles. The incident is under investigation but the important thing is that Curci is expected to make a good, but slow recovery. As with these situations there will be a plethora of costs from medical bills, legal fees, rehabilitation, and missed work. Curci is an active member within the Gulf Coast dive community who volunteers his personal times to assist with clubs, tournaments, and marine charity events.