By Kevin F. McMurray
On a foggy July night in 1956, the Italian cruise liner Andrea Doria, sure for brand new York, used to be struck broadside by way of one other vessel. In 11 hours, she may sink approximately 250 ft to the murky Atlantic Ocean ground. due to a bold rescue operation, purely fifty one of greater than 1,700 humans died within the tragedy. however the Andrea Doria remains to be taking lives.
Considered the Mt. Everest of diving, the Andrea Doria is the last word deepwater destroy problem. through the years, a small yet fanatical workforce of utmost scuba divers have investigated the Andrea Doria, pushing themselves to the very limits of human persistence to discover her -- and never all have again. Diver Kevin McMurray takes you within this elite membership with a difficult, sincere examine those that pass deeper, farther, and towards the sting than others might ever dream.
Deep Descent is the riveting precise tale of the human spirit overcoming human frailty and of fearsome, mortal dangers traded for a hard-core adrenaline rush. Chronicling those adventures in his page-turning narrative and in dozens of dramatic pictures, McMurray attracts us deeper into the chilly center of the unforgiving sea, giving us a robust imaginative and prescient of a spot to which few will ever have the abilities -- or the braveness -- to move.
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He is familiar with he can't relaxation on his laurels, and he's a proud guy and concerns concerning the way forward for his boat and the way forward for spoil diving. Bielenda is irked that the click has topped Crowell’s Seeker because the no 1 boat by way of operating Doria expeditions. Bielenda isn't happy with being moment banana. He feels he ran journeys to the Doria lengthy ahead of invoice Nagle and Dan Crowell and so he merits admire. all of it comes all the way down to arithmetic, in keeping with Bielenda: The Seeker runs extra journeys available in the market. extra journeys suggest extra divers. extra divers suggest extra visibility. Gary Gentile, Bielenda’s former good friend and workforce member, is now aboard the Seeker, as are different dive luminaries who've avoided the Wahoo in desire of what has develop into a veritable taxi journey out to the Doria. The variety of expeditions run through the Seeker out to the Doria bothers Bielenda. He doesn't think there are sufficient certified divers to justify such a lot of journeys. He says that Dan Crowell is simply too prepared to take anyone out to a destroy and that the Doria merits extra admire. based on the Bielenda, Crowell’s unbridled ambition to be the #1 boat resulted in the deaths through the 1998 and 1999 seasons. “I don’t imagine he [Crowell] is liable for all of the fatalities,” Bielenda stated. “I by no means acknowledged he used to be. there were sure events that occurred underwater that he had no regulate over. but if a man dies at the floor [Christopher Murley], then i believe you do have a few accountability, yet i haven't stated that publicly. ” With all of the sick will among the 2 basic constitution boats out to the Doria, Bielenda attempted to delicate issues over. His resolution used to be for Crowell and the Seeker to affix the jap Dive Boat organization (EDBA), yet Crowell might have none of it. Crowell continually disparaged the EDBA as Bielenda’s “club,” and he was once content material to wing it on his personal. All he sought after, Crowell has stated, was once to be left by myself. The 2000 season out at the Doria used to be, fortunately, uneventful. one of many mitigating elements was once undesirable climate. Dan Crowell used to be pressured to cancel all yet 3 of his expeditions out to the ruin, considered one of which i used to be on. The Wahoo, even if, controlled its ordinary . there has been a communal sigh of reduction as soon as the season was once over. None used to be louder than the only emanating from the Coast shield box place of work in New Haven. Lieutenant Tim Dickerson used to be relieved that he didn't have to mount one other research on a fatality at the Andrea Doria. His paintings, notwithstanding, isn't performed. All yet one of many fatal-accident reviews were accomplished and submitted to Coast defend officers. What if whatever can be performed is questionable even to him. the single factor that he may be definite of is that there'll be extra deaths at the Doria. it is just a question of whilst, and there's little he or the Coast safeguard can do approximately it. TONY MAFFATONE regrettably the wreck-diving season within the Northeast was once no longer without tragedy. Tony Maffatone died whereas experimenting with a few new equipment at the USS San Diego on August 2, 2000. Maffatone used to be maybe the least most likely of all to perish exploring the wrecks at the continental shelf.