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Missing diver response from NZ Underwater Association

25.10.2016

Diver missing near Bank’s Peninsular

It is with sadness that the New Zealand Underwater Association responds to the news of a missing diver reported off Banks Peninsular over the weekend.

Reports have named Seddon Ralph Jane, aged 42 of Wairoa, as subject of a search by Police divers concentrating on the area of Damon's Bay and Flea Bay.

Our thoughts are with all involved and we hope for a positive outcome.

The New Zealand Underwater Association would like to remind those undertaking diving or similar activities on the water of the following important safety messages:

1. Always dive under a Dive Flag; this needs to be a minimum of 600mmx600mm in size and should ONLY be flown when people are in the water. As a skipper or driver of a vessel you must keep a 200m distance from the Dive Flag or reduce your speed to below 5knots within 200m

2. Always dive with a dive buddy

3. Before you scuba dive get certified through professional training from a reputable training agency. If you haven’t dived for a while or a feeling a bit rusty undertake a refresher course from your local dive centre

4. Are you dive fit? Before you dive get a medical assessment and repeat this at least every 5 years, this is especially important for those diving at depths greater than 3metres

5. Before you leave the shore check your equipment, and have your scuba gear serviced by a qualified scuba technician at least every 2 years

6. Before you head out let somebody know where you are going to be diving and when you expect to return

New Zealand Underwater Association is a not-for-profit organisation leading New Zealand’s underwater community in recreational and sporting activities. Its mission is to be the lead organisation for promoting and advocating safe and enjoyable underwater activities in New Zealand.

ENDS


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