Nightmare fuel indeed. NSFW. For the next two days, Mr Shaw and his team worked in sweltering heat, clambering up and down a 70 metre rocky incline to and from the cave's entrance as they put in place safety measures. At around 20 metres from where Shaw's lights were, the computers controlling Mr Shirley's breathing equipment "cracked and imploded". David Shaw died on January 8th, 2005 while seeking to recover the body of Deon Dreyer, a South African diver who had himself died 10 years previously, and whose body Shaw had discovered at a … Video footage shot by Mr Shaw indicates that about 25 minutes after the world-record diver entered the freshwater cave last Sunday to recover the decade-old remains of Mr Dreyer, 20, Mr Shaw also was dead. This prompted him to not only purchase a Mk15.5 but to replace its analogue electronics with the digital ones of the Juergensen Marine Hammerhead, resulting in a specially modified POD designed to handle extreme pressures. By Jonathan Ancer and Gill Gifford. David Shaw died at the almost incredible depth of around 900 feet while trying to recover the body of Deion Dreyer, a young diver who had perished in the massive sinkhole a decade earlier. David John Shaw (20 July 1954 – 8 January 2005) was an Australian scuba diver, technical diver, and airline pilot for Cathay Pacific, flying the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, then the 747-400, and then the A330-300, A340-300, and A340-600. On October 28, 2004 David Shaw, an Australian diver, sets a depth record with Rebreather (an Mk1 5. He was ascending, nevertheless, when he … Just before dinner, Mr Shaw slipped fellow diver Derek Hughes a telephone number for a family friend and Anglican priest, the Reverend Michael Vickers, in Hong Kong, who had agreed to be the bad news contact. At 6.28am, Mr Shirley followed, expecting that Mr Shaw would have cut Mr Dreyer from his tanks, placed his remains in a body bag and started his ascent. He had to come up to save himself. David John Shaw (20 July 1954 – 8 January 2005) was an Australian scuba diver, technical diver, and airline pilot for Cathay Pacific, flying the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, then the 747-400, and then the A330-300, A340-300, and A340-600. Mr Shaw immediately began planning to bring to the surface the remains of Deon Dreyer, who had drowned on December 17, 1994. In Phillip Finch’s Diving into Darkness, these two guys dive at 900 feet. Video footage retrieved from Shawâ s camera shows how the operation went wrong. At the five-square-metre pool, which is the entrance to the caves below, Mr Shaw pulled on his gear, which included a blue helmet with a video camera on the front to record his mission for a planned documentary. Shaw descended to 270 meters (886 feet), and simultaneously broke the records for deepest cave dive on a rebreather, deepest altitude dive on a rebreather, and deepest dive running a line. Shaw's first rebreather was an Inspiration closed circuit rebreather, with which he eventually dived to depths beyond its purported capability. The mission, which Shaw attempted with Don Shirley as his primary support diver, is well documented and you can see the video Shaw took during his last dive on YouTube. Before flying for Cathay Pacific he flew for Missionary Aviation Fellowship in Papua New Guinea and Tanzania. It's narrated by his close friend Don Shirley, who was also involved in the fatal dive and who nearly died himself, explaining what Dave is doing and what happened. David Shaw died at the almost incredible depth of around 900 feet while trying to recover the body of Deion Dreyer, a young diver who had perished in the massive sinkhole a decade earlier. The body was at a depth of 270 metres (890 ft). . Jonathan Martin and the guys discuss diver’s squeeze, the death of David Shaw, the “Diver’s Cemetery,” the Byford Dolphin diving bell accident, plus news and pop culture. Shaw had been working with both hands, and so had been resting his can light on the cave floor. [1] He flew for Cathay Pacific from 1989 until his death in 2005. Even during that first dive, the Australian had tried to recover the remains, still clad in a wetsuit and diving gear. On 8 January 2005, Shaw tried to recover the body but died in the attempt. This book takes a detailed look at how Shaw got into that predicament and what lessons we can take from it. He and his wife, Ann, lived in Hong Kong, where they were members of a small Christian congregation. Dreyer's body remained in the cave until being discovered ten years later at a depth of 270 metres (886 ft) by renowned cave diver David Shaw. 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Be Careful people. Some very prominent dive experts have gather some very useful data from David Shaw's tragic dive. Please try again later. In 2005, Nightline covered a story on cave diver Dave Shaw, one of only nine people who have dived below a depth of 240 metres (800 feet) on self-contained underwater breathing apparatus. The dive on which Shaw died was the 333rd of his career. It was 6.15am. Wikipedia on David Shaw, David Shaw's website; Wikipedia on John Bennett; Wikipedia on Jim Bowden; ... DIVER EQUIPMENT TESTS PERFORMED DURING THE JOINT U. S. NAVY/DUKE UNIVERSITY 1000 FOOT SATURATION DIVE. A team of eight technical divers and two police divers was to pass Mr Dreyer's body to the surface. But the gas tanks were embedded in mud. In 2004, Australian diver David Shaw made a grim discovery while exploring the depths of a freshwater cave in South Africa: the body of another diver. Normally he would have wrapped the wire behind his neck, but he was unable to do so; the lines from the body bag appear to have become entangled with the light head, and the physical effort of trying to free himself led to his death. At the time of his world record setting dive, he had been diving for a little over five years. Utter blackness pressed in on him from all sides, and he directed his high-intensity light downward, hoping for … He does not manage to untangle himself and runs out of air at 270m. It was too dangerous. But instead it was all sitting loosely and as Shaw tried to cut off the tanks, he got tangled in the cave-line. Interesting story of a diver who was foolishly optimistic and way too cavalier to make it to retirement. As a scuba diver, Cenotes fascinate me. [1] He flew for Cathay Pacific from 1989 until his death in 2005. Mr Shaw spent the night at the home of Don Shirley, a technical diving instructor. This book is a true story of death and survival. Then they drove to the Mount Carmel game farm of Andries and Debbie Van Zyl, where the cave is situated. Fark Dwarves. He was not waving his lights to show he was in trouble. The team of 11 technical divers rose before the sun and drove for 20 minutes along a nine kilometre gravel road to the cave where five police divers, paramedics and a doctor were waiting. Shirley calls it a “snuff video” that he vehemently fought against being shown on TV newscasts. David was an Air Bus pilot for Cathay Pacific. And the video obtained will likely save someone's life someday although we won't ever know that. Shaw's close friend and support diver, Don Shirley, also nearly died and was left with permanent damage that has impaired his balance. Mrs Shaw asked that her husband's body not be retrieved, but in the end it surfaced. On 8 January 2005, Shaw tried to recover the body, but died in the attempt. Shaw had been advised by various experts that the body would remain negatively buoyant because the visible parts were reduced to the skeleton. About 90 minutes into the operation that was supposed to have yielded a body bag in 80 minutes, support diver Peter Herbst had not found Mr Shirley at the arranged 80 metre mark and he dropped another 40 metres, where he received an ominous message written on a slate: "Dave's not coming back.". . Throwing caution to the wind, airline pilot turned amateur diver David Shaw decides he's going to retrieve a body at the unheard of depth of approximately 900 feet. Video footage shot by Mr Shaw indicates that about 25 minutes after the world-record diver entered the freshwater cave last Sunday to recover the decade-old remains of Mr Dreyer, 20, Mr Shaw also was dead. Professional pilots are immersed in a culture of safety, a culture that makes airline travel the surest means of long distance transport. Part 2 of 2. The underwater video that Shaw recorded during the dive also recorded his death. For extended dives in caves shallower than 150 m[citation needed], Shaw used his Cis-Lunar since he believed it had superior redundancy capabilities but could not cope with extreme depths. Shaw's close friend and support diver, Don Shirley, also nearly died and was left with permanent damage that has impaired his balance. The mission, which Shaw attempted with Don Shirley as his primary support diver, is well documented and you can see the video Shaw took during his last dive on YouTube. Yes, he becomes hypoxic. Grim retrieved video footage shows diver Dave Shaw, who died on a mission to recover the body of a fellow diver… You might wonder what is the sound clip found on the first minutes of “The Last Dive of David Shaw”, and the answer is: A video available on YouTube which has the same name of the song, and it’s exactly what it says. Mr Shaw discussed his find with Dreyer's father, Theo. This water was called Bushman’s Hole. On 8 January 2005, David Shaw died while attempting to recover Dreyer's body. This book is about two scuba diving friends, David Shaw and Don Shirley, who dive 900 feet into water in South Africa. Yes he dies. Before flying for Cathay Pacific he flew for Missionary Aviation Fellowship in Papua New Guinea and Tanzania. When the line attached to Mr Dreyer was pulled, both bodies came up. With a team of trusted divers, he began planning the operation. Shaw's close friend and support diver, Don Shirley, also nearly died and was left with permanent damage that has impaired his balance. In his early 40s, David Shaw, an Australian pilot for Cathay Pacific, became obsessed with diving and rapidly became a deep diver of the world-class. Just under four hours after the dive had begun, Derek Hughes phoned Mr Vickers, who waited an hour before visiting Mrs Shaw with the news of her husband's death. David John Shaw (20 July 1954 – 8 January 2005) was an Australian scuba diver, technical diver, and airline pilot for Cathay Pacific, flying the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, then the 747-400, and then the A330-300, A340-300, and A340-600. He also flew agricultural aircraft in South Australia and New South Wales. In a bizarre twist, the Australian airline pilot's body was unexpectedly pulled to the surface on Thursday attached to Mr Dreyer's. Divers retrieving equipment left behind by Mr Shaw found the bodies 20 metres beneath the surface. 3 years ago There's another video like this, The Last Dive of Dave Shaw, which mercifully doesn't show his very last moments in the water or the panic that must have set in. Fumbling with the body, over exerting himself, his breathing quickening, his breathing stopping. Ten years later, October 2004, renowned cave diver David Shaw discovered Dreyer's body in the cave at a depth of 270 metres (890 ft). [7][8][9], His death has been profiled in a number of documentary films, including the 2020 documentary feature Dave Not Coming Back. Many divers know of Shaw's last dive and because it was filmed for a documentary, it is available on You Tube. Or David Shaw, who died trying to retrieve another diver who had died. A very interesting behind the scenes look at the life and final dive of David Shaw. I've always been intrigued by these freshwater deep caves, which seem somewhat mysterious. His best friend was treated to the video he took when he watched it with authorities. David Shaw. However, within his wetsuit, Dreyer's corpse had turned into a soap-like substance called adipocere, which floats. Deon Dreyer was a South African recreational scuba diver who died in Bushman’s Hole, or also known as Boesmansgat cave, in South Africa’s Northern Cape.Cave diver David John Shaw (Dave Shaw) died more than 10 years later whilst attempting to retrieve Dreyer’s cadaver. : scuba Most scuba divers dive around sixty feet to 115 feet. Helmet cam footage of cave diver David Shaw getting tangled in his line while attempting to retrieve the body of diver Deon Dreyer. On 28 October 2004, Shaw broke the following records at Bushman's Hole, South Africa: He used a Mk15.5 with Juergensen Marine Hammerhead electronics and the following gas mixtures: trimix 4/80, 10/70, 15/55, 17/40, 26/25, air, nitrox50, 100% oxygen. He also flew agricultural aircraft in South Australia and New South Wales. Dreyer’s body remained in the cave for ten years, until it was found by renowned cave diver David Shaw at a depth of 270 meters (886 feet). Shaw had been expecting to cut Dreyer free from his tanks, embedded in the silt. Fark caves. The cave elevation was 1,550 metres (5,090 ft) and the dive duration was 9 hours 40 minutes. The cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula… "I promised to do my best to bring him to the surface but reminded him . On the morning of January 2, Mr Shaw's flight landed in Johannesburg just hours after he had said goodbye to his Melbourne-born wife, Ann, at their Hong Kong home. While he chatted almost every day to Mr Dreyer's parents - who were on site - Mr Shaw was clear there was no place for emotion. Dave Shaw took only 10 minutes to descend 271 metres to the bottom of the Boesmansgat Cave, half the time planned, to Deon Dreyer's skeleton. [3], Shaw recorded his dive with an underwater camera, which allowed researchers to determine that he suffered from respiratory issues due to the high pressure. David was an Air Bus pilot for Cathay Pacific. And it didn't fascinate just me - the ancient Maya believed that cenotes were pathways to the afterlife and would sacrifice humans and items of value to the cenotes. Dave Shaw took only 10 minutes to descend 271 metres to the bottom of the Boesmansgat Cave, half the time planned, to Deon Dreyer's skeleton. [2], On this record-breaking dive, Shaw discovered the body of Deon Dreyer, a South African diver who had died in Bushman's Hole ten years previously. The record for the deepest dive on a rebreather was also set at Boesmansgat Cave, by Australian David Shaw on October 28th, 2004. Professional pilots are immersed in a culture of safety, a culture that makes airline travel the surest means of long distance transport. [11] They had two children, Steven Shaw and Lisa Shaw (now Lisa Moyers). His concern was to get the technical aspects right. Ten minutes into his dive, Dave Shaw started to look for the bottom. Ten years later, in October 2004, renowned cave diver David Shaw discovered Dreyer's body in the cave at a depth of 272 metres (892 ft). The clear waters revealed only the faintest pinpricks of Mr Shaw's lights and no bubbles to indicate he was on his way up. there was no guarantee of success," he said. ... by having taboos like "don't criticize the deceased diver", we will just hinder this learning process. The Mk15.5 was his rebreather of choice for dives deeper than 150 metres (500 ft). Deon Dreyer died on the ascent at a depth of 50 meters in 1994 while supporting a team in preparing for a dive (164 ft). A sea turtle shows what looks like gratitude after divers untangled it from a rope. That David Shaw story is horrible. David Shaw. He flew for Cathay Pacific from 1989 until his death in 2005. [10], Shaw was a devout Christian. Mr Shaw had became tangled in the nylon line he had attached to Mr Dreyer's remains. [5] Three days later, both of the bodies that had become entangled in the lines were pulled up to near the surface as the dive team was retrieving their equipment.[6]. In that dive, lying on the seabed at 271 mt, he finds Deon Dreyer's body and decides to organize the recovery of the body. At a private team discussion on Friday night Mr Shaw and Mr Shirley, who would dive the deepest, announced that no one should risk their lives for them. A poignant and well documented diving fatality involved a record setting Australian diver, David Shaw. Music: “Stop and Breathe” by The Invasives. We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. 5) right in Bushman's Hole. He drank some mineral water, bade his colleagues farewell and began descending to 270 metres. From the moment he emerged from Boesmansgat Cave, though, Mr Shaw's achievement was overshadowed by his discovery. [4] Shaw ran into difficulties when the body unexpectedly began to float. In October, Mr Shaw, 50, a Hong Kong-based pilot, became the only person to have dived 271 metres with the help of rebreather apparatus, which enables divers to recycle air. The ensuing events — by turns suspenseful and harrowing — are the subject of a new documentary getting its Northern Ontario premiere at the Indie Cinema this week. A poignant and well documented diving fatality involved a record setting Australian diver, David Shaw. While an autopsy has yet to be completed, the video camera specially designed for the recovery mission, and worn on Mr Shaw's helmet, has provided a record of his last minutes alive. [3], Shaw died on 8 January 2005 while endeavoring to recover the body of Deon Dreyer. If they died, no one was to try to recover their bodies. Fark that. David Shaw died on January 8, 2005, while attempting to retrieve Dreyer’s body. So Mr Shirley continued down to 250 metres to look for him. 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