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DRAMA IN THE ABYSS

DRAMA IN THE ABYSS


In October of 2004, Australian cave diver DAVID SHAW set a new world depth record for rebreather diving, plunging to 271 MFW in the famous South African cave Boesmansgat, breaking the previous record of 223 MSW established in the Red Sea in 2003 by Safaga ORCA dive club's Volker and his team.
During the record breaking dive, SHAW (50 years old) came across the remains of a diver which were believed to be those of a 20 year old South African diver Deon Dreyer who had failed to return from a deep cave dive some ten years ago. Fate had it that SHAW would lose his own life some three months later as he tried to recover the remains of Dreyer.

Details of this drama follow as reported from South Africa:

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THE BATTLE FOR GIFTUN

THE BATTLE FOR GIFTUN

The Drums of Battle:

It all started with a news item appearing on Egyptian TV in the first week of April. A major investment was being proposed to the government by some I...

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The Economic Value of Sea Cucumbers in the Egyptian Red Sea

The Economic Value of Sea Cucumbers in the Egyptian Red Sea


Coral reefs in Egypt's Red Sea can be likened to a desert oasis: the high metabolic activity of the reef ecology system makes it a primary source of nutrients in an...

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DOLPHIN TOURISM

DOLPHIN TOURISM

The global plight for our flippered friends


‘Swim with Dolphins’ programs have flourished the world over for two decades. Sadly, with proper education and inform...

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SS Maidan's secret revealed !

SS Maidan's secret revealed !

If you think there are no more secrets hiding in the deep waters of the Red Sea you are mistaken. Many rumours as to the whereabouts of the wreck of the British Steamship...

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Reef Check - The Global Survey of Coral Reefs

Reef Check - The Global Survey of Coral Reefs


By: Dipl. Biol. Constanze Cornad


Why do we care about coral reefs? Coral reefs are the "rainforests of the sea" - the second most diverse ecosystem in the worl...

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No Bubbles Photography

No Bubbles Photography

By: Kimmo Hagman

The weather conditions couldn't have been better for this early morning dive. The south Red Sea safari was starting to near its end and both crew and gues...

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No Limit

No Limit


Thanks to the invention of SCUBA, countless numbers of people have been able to experience the wonders and beauty the worlds’ oceans offer.


And thanks to an ...

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A brief history of HEPCA in the Red Sea

A brief history of HEPCA in the Red Sea


By: Chris Wood


The Red Sea is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world with many endemic species living on them, (meaning they are only foun...

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During our northern “classic wreck tour” we visited approximately 18 different wrecks in one week. The Ulysses, one of the most popular wrecks
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