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dougtamjj
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August 15, 2015 7:55 pm  

Dr. Garman was attempting a 1200 ft. dive today off St. Croix. Does anyone know if he was successful? I have been looking for updates all day.

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August 15, 2015 8:20 pm  

I just saw a post on his niece's facebook that he did not surface from the dive. Very sad.


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August 15, 2015 8:26 pm  

was this a free dive? or oxygen dive?


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August 15, 2015 8:30 pm  

http://vifreepress.com/2015/08/popular-medical-doctor-dies-in-deep-diving-accident-on-north-shore/

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August 15, 2015 8:35 pm  

Thanks Rotor.

Tammy


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August 15, 2015 8:51 pm  

Too sad!
They don't call it "rapture of the deep" for nothing.
Very dangerous what he was attempting.

Condolences to his family and friends.
I hope they get some closure and his body is recovered.


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speee1dy
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August 15, 2015 9:14 pm  

omg, too sad. that is my co workers dr.


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August 16, 2015 1:47 am  

A few days ago, I saw a youtube video about his preparation for this dive and like OP, I've been looking for updates all day. Very sad and I'm wondering how deep his tenders went with him, if there was a video feed (in the practice dives, he was wearing a camera), and especially what mixes he was using and if some miscalculation about what to use at which depths could have been the cause. In the practice dive it looked like he had about 5 tanks.


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August 16, 2015 1:53 am  

https://www.facebook.com/stcroixscuba


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August 16, 2015 2:06 am  

So sad- really a tragic loss for the entire stx community.

It said he disappeared between 200 and 360 ft- he was planning on going three times that. What could have caused this?


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August 16, 2015 2:22 am  

http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/how_deep_is_too_deep

RIP Dr Garman......


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August 16, 2015 3:02 am  

So sad- really a tragic loss for the entire stx community.

It said he disappeared between 200 and 360 ft- he was planning on going three times that. What could have caused this?

Nitrogen narcosis.
http://scuba.about.com/od/divemedicinesafety/p/Nitrogen-Narcosis-And-Scuba-Diving-What-Is-Narcosis-And-How-Does-It-Feel.htm


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August 16, 2015 5:28 am  

He likely descended far below 360' and failed to ascend to meet the safety diver at the scheduled time.

Very little is known about what happens to the human body and equipment at those depths. Recreational dive principles and physiological responses are typically grossly oversimplified when used to explain issues at serious depths. I doubt something as simple as narcosis can explain what happened, especially given his experience. More likely something else went wrong: margin for error down there is also next to non-existent, or he had a more severe (deadly) physiological reponse to the depth. See post 7 on this scubaboard thread for more info on other deep divers and consequences. http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/technical-diving-specialties/510426-doc-deep-plans-1200-dive.html

Also see Captain Ed's response a few pages in with further explanation.


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August 16, 2015 5:31 am  

A bit more detail from SCUBA than their facebook post:

http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/accidents-and-incidents/512576-redirected-doc-deep-dies-during-dive.html


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August 16, 2015 11:41 am  

"Dr. Guy Garman, Attempting Scuba Dive World Record, Drowns At Salt River"
http://viconsortium.com/featured/dr-guy-garman-attempting-scuba-dive-world-record-drowns-at-salt-river/


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August 16, 2015 5:52 pm  

"Dr. Guy Garman, Attempting Scuba Dive World Record, Drowns At Salt River"
http://viconsortium.com/featured/dr-guy-garman-attempting-scuba-dive-world-record-drowns-at-salt-river/

How can VIconsortium report that he drowned? That's unethical and presumptive. Anything could have happened and the facts won't be known until after the poor doctors body is recovered. My heart goes out to his family.


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August 16, 2015 6:19 pm  

"Dr. Guy Garman, Attempting Scuba Dive World Record, Drowns At Salt River"
http://viconsortium.com/featured/dr-guy-garman-attempting-scuba-dive-world-record-drowns-at-salt-river/

How can VIconsortium report that he drowned? That's unethical and presumptive. Anything could have happened and the facts won't be known until after the poor doctors body is recovered. My heart goes out to his family.

Because statistically speaking it's almost certain that his death would have been by drowning because of his use of a non-full-face mask/regulator. In these scenarios death is typically by drowning after losings ones regulator due to panic or convulsions/seizures.

It's really sad to think about what his wife and son must be going through. I can't imagine being on that support boat waiting for him to come up like they were and having him never do so.

To be brutally honest Dr Garman should never have attempted this dive given his relative inexperience, intended equipment and support infrastructure.


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August 16, 2015 6:36 pm  

She is beautiful - life sustaining; but also life taking in many instances.

He died doing what he loved. As an avid shark diver I tell my family every time I dive with them - look if I don't make it back - I went happy. Then again diving with great whites is far less dangerous than the dive he was trying to accomplish.

Condolences to his family, its always sad to lose a fellow diver.

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August 16, 2015 8:15 pm  

i thought i read that he was still attached to his tether? and that they will recover the body later this week


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August 16, 2015 8:19 pm  

That's what I read too.
Here's what STT Source article had to say:
http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2015/08/16/st-croixs-dr-deep-guy-garman-dies-world-record-attempt


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August 17, 2015 12:19 am  

Agree with count...
A death that should not have happened...


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August 17, 2015 11:33 am  

Some of the comments I read on the site linked below relative to Doc Deep's world record attempt were brutal.

http://www.thescubanews.com/2015/08/16/st-croix-diving-world-record-attempt-ends-in-tragedy/?utm_content=bufferda4a5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer


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August 17, 2015 12:02 pm  

sometimes people can be nasty sitting behind a computer screen-just look on here for that

looks like some of the really mean ones were deleted


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August 17, 2015 12:08 pm  

It's sad that some people will say these things when it is such a tragedy for his family, friends and all who were helping Dr. Garman attempt to achieve his dream and goal.

They need the support in this devastating situation not unkind comments and suppositions on a website.


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