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Three captains rescue missing diver in The Bahamas
Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 8:57 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 392

On Sunday, May 22, 2011, three captains in The Bahamas rescued a lost diver. Capt. Baron Rohl of Texas Star II, Capt. Michael Galgana of M/Y Second Love and Capt. Russ Grandinetti of Jade Mary are heroes.
According to a report drafted by The Bahamian Ministry of Tourism, a distress call was sent out at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, by the wife of the missing diver. She indicated that she had contacted the U.S. Coast Guard. Capt. Rohl contacted the woman for the coordinates of the vessel and he was able to map out a search. Capt. Rohl requested the assistance of other vessels in the area, at which time Capt. Mike joined him in the tender and Capt. Russ joined the search in his own tender. The captains calculated the current and speed of the water in order to narrow their search area. Around 7:00 p.m. Capt. Russ spotted the missing diver, Jacques  Cesbron, who was rescued and taken to Big Game Marina.
“…It’s awful that no one else was searching,” said Capt. Rohl. “The USCG Miami took all the info and never sent a chopper. Every one that was out there knew if we didn't find him before it got dark, it would have been a different story. We found him with twenty minutes of daylight left. The Bahamians can't believe the sharks didn't get him in that area. If we didn't find him we would have [had] to spend the night in Cat Cay sleeping in the tender, waiting for the gas dock to open.”
Kudos to these courageous captains for their quick thinking and rescue efforts.
Mark Rose-Innes
Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 7:52 PM
Joined: 23/08/2010
Posts: 1

Well done guys! Great effort.
Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 8:54 PM
Joined: 30/09/2008
Posts: 18

Great to know there are other Good Captains out there willing to search and rescue at any time. I remember Fast Rescue Boat class well. This is why we are trained... to help each other ,  because we can..."We Must"  Bravo!~~_/)~~_/)~~_/)~~


Michael Reardon
Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 9:06 PM
Joined: 27/08/2009
Posts: 1

Moving fast and thinking when it's really needed along with the grace of God leads to a very thankful diver and his family. Way to go you guys!!!!
Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 12:44 AM
Gawd sent the diver astray in the first place, and the three captains acted in a timely fashion and did the deed. No grace from gawd needed nor given.
Bromley Smith
Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 12:53 AM
Joined: 29/04/2011
Posts: 1

Great news the diver is safe good work guys keep it up
Mike O'Neill
Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 7:36 AM
Joined: 03/06/2009
Posts: 14

These are the kind of stories we like to here Well done guys, fantastic job.
Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 1:38 PM
Joined: 21/05/2008
Posts: 14

Nice work gents. Now get the details to Kelly for a follow up of lessons learned for all captains and crew on the basics of conducting a SAR operation which they do not teach at the schools. baron is good at writing instructions I have learned and taught many from his Jet Player manual and Russ, well Russ has been finding everything under the sun for a long time. The is alot to be learned from these three. Hope the moment is not lost. All mine and my crews best to you. Herb Magney M/Y AT LAST
Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 3:10 PM
Joined: 01/09/2010
Posts: 1

Great work and coordination , rescuers.  It is disconcerting, however, that neither the USCG nor the Bahamas officials, nor the dive center involved did anything more than announce the missing diver on the radio.   It's a good lesson in "self rescue".  We sailors and divers have to look out for ourselves and each other.

Posted: Sunday, May 29, 2011 5:16 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 392

Dockwalk received these photos of Capt. Baron Rohl of Texas Star II, Capt. Michael Galgana and Capt. Russ Grandinetti of Jade Mary and diver Jacques Angelo after he was rescued from Capt. Russ Grandinetti.

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