Diving is one of the most exhilarating experiences out there.
It also happens to be one of the most dangerous. Over 100 divers die every year in North America for plenty of reasons, the most popular of which are due to equipment error, procedural mistakes and freak accidents.
In an activity that has claimed plenty of lives throughout the years, sometimes precaution isn’t enough to keep one alive. However, as luck would have it, a couple of deep-sea divers off the coast of Miami managed to cheat death.
Phil Jaynes and his companion were investigating M/S Seaward, a ship tied to a pier in Cozumel. The two assumed that the propellers wouldn’t be fired up anytime soon but they thought wrong.
Caught in the heart-stopping video, the two divers were almost sucked into the propellers upon turning on. They struggled to swim against the current until finally making it out alive.
Phil Jaynes recalls the near death experience: “I shot this back in 1991 under the M/S Seaward which was tied to the pier in Cozumel. We had run aground a couple of weeks earlier in Miami so we thought we’d investigate the damage. We choose to do it in Cozumel because of the ease at which we could swim to the ship and we made the assumption that if the ship was tied up the bridge wouldn’t turn on the props. We were wrong.”
This is yet again, a very strong reminder that no matter how experienced you are as a diver, it pays to always be careful.