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Diving pics from Gulf of Thailand

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 01 Oct 2005 11:42 pm

Vaucluse, these are for you. I still can't find the original negatives but fourd more of the original prints of the Whaleshark & me under the drillship "Seacrest". Water was rather turbid due to drilling mud but still good enough. I lost some mates several years later after the Seacrest was capsized during a typoon in the Gulf of thailand around 1988. Guess I knew about 60 of the 90 guys who died on board.

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Postby sapphire » Mon, 03 Oct 2005 8:13 pm

Wow, 60 people you knew, died????? :o
Those are scary pics! I don't think I want to be near any big fish!
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 03 Oct 2005 9:23 pm

sapphire wrote:Wow, 60 people you knew, died????? :o
Those are scary pics! I don't think I want to be near any big fish!


Guess my memory is going, it was actually '89 not '88 and it was 91 people perished with only 2 survivors. I worked on the Seacrest for about 2 years off & on over about a 5 year period. When you live on board for two months at a time and off for 4 weeks you get to know most of the people as the ship just isn't that big.

Here is a link: http://www.thaiwreckdiver.com/seacrest_drill_ship.htm

This is a picture of our old Diving Bell & Deck Chamber circa 1983.

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Re: Diving pics from Gulf of Thailand

Postby Pinky » Thu, 27 Oct 2005 12:10 am

SMS,

Increasing the height of the derrick without approval from ABS caused it to go down, if I remember correctly... Knew a few people onboard as they were family friends.. Come to think of it, you might just know my old man..

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 27 Oct 2005 2:07 pm

Highly possible.

Also a contributing factor was the fact that the Oil Company would not give permission to haul up anchors until it was too late. This caused her to be broadside when the wall of the eye of the typhoon hit her broadside after already surviving the initial storm and going through the eye. Hell of a lawsuite over that as you well know.

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Postby Pinky » Sat, 29 Oct 2005 12:03 am

Yep,

Classic case of 'money before safety'. Heard they sunk the vessel before any investigations could take place. Thank god my old man left a month or so before the incident, as he was suppose to be onboard when it happened. Sad that there's not much on the net regarding the issue.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 29 Oct 2005 8:51 am

Let's face it, Big Oil has deep pockets! :(

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Postby Vaucluse » Sun, 30 Oct 2005 3:22 pm

Thanks for the pics, SMS - sadly we didn't see anything even close to that - I think the tsunami devastated quite a bit of the flora that once attracted the wildlife.

We were going to go on to Sabah again - wonder if it's safe for the Mrs to dive even a little (being 5 months preggie)

Largest animals I ever met were hammerheads, BIG turtles and very wide and impressive rays - never even close to what you saw . . .
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 30 Oct 2005 4:41 pm

Vaucluse wrote:We were going to go on to Sabah again - wonder if it's safe for the Mrs to dive even a little (being 5 months preggie)


It's no problem but I would recommend only shallow reefs e.g., under 1 atm. As there are no airpockets in the womb/baby at this point there is no pressure problems only the one of decompression but as long as she is below 1 atm, no problems.

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Postby sxq156284 » Mon, 31 Oct 2005 5:34 am

wow,wow,oh my god ,yeah .yeah.yeah.

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Postby Vaucluse » Mon, 31 Oct 2005 4:53 pm

Thanks, SMS . . . or as our friend sxq156284 would put it: ,,,:."",,;:,;

Let's see if we can give it another shot before we are completely landlocked. (Poor Mrs 'Cluse had some unwanted attention from a nice jellyfish . . . still scarring her skin now)
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 31 Oct 2005 10:00 pm

Vaucluse wrote:Thanks, SMS . . . or as our friend sxq156284 would put it: ,,,:."",,;:,;

Let's see if we can give it another shot before we are completely landlocked. (Poor Mrs 'Cluse had some unwanted attention from a nice jellyfish . . . still scarring her skin now)


Vaucluse...

As you have apparently already been to Sabah, I probably don't need to say this, but I will anyway just to be safe.

Make sure you both wear a wetsuit. Surfing weight (4mm I think) will do nicely or as you can see, my diving kit was coveralls only usually taping up the cuffs on ankles & wrists. The reason is not the run-of-the-mill jellyfish but sabah also has it's share of box jellyfish and these bastards will scar you for life in a most horrendous fashion. They're worse that man'o'wars as far as I'm concerned. Caused not a few deaths as well. (Actually, the cheapest one-off fix is two pair of pantyhose with the crotch cut out of one for your head to go through. Sounds funny but highly effective for the both of you.

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Postby seraphim » Mon, 31 Oct 2005 10:10 pm

Sorry, I don't dive yet, but I guess you learn something new everyday.

How can pantyhose protect you from jellyfish stings? Don't the tentacles technically still come into contact with your skin?
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 31 Oct 2005 10:41 pm

seraphim wrote:Sorry, I don't dive yet, but I guess you learn something new everyday.

How can pantyhose protect you from jellyfish stings? Don't the tentacles technically still come into contact with your skin?


That's the beauty of it. Nematocysts (the stinging cells) are virtually microscopic in size so their depth of penetration is less that the thickness of a pair of panty hose. I didn't believe it either at first some 20 years ago but I believe most of the lifeguards in Northern Australia use the same thing when having to go in to rescue some idiots who didn't read the numerous signs posted all over Northern Australia.

Here is a good site with photos of what they can do and what they look like:

http://www.avru.unimelb.edu.au/avruweb/jellyfi.htm

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Postby Vaucluse » Mon, 31 Oct 2005 10:46 pm

Admit it SMS, you are a Cobra-luvin', panty-hose wearin' diver dude!

Well, Mrs 'Cluses stings are nto tht bad, but the stings still weep . . . have no idae how to stop it - tried a few things and nada . . .
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