United States Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Be Wary of Dangerous Scuba Dive off San Diego

Jump to last reply

While there are some nice - relatively routine scuba dives off the Coast of San Diego - such as the Cove in La Jolla (If you don't go deeper than 30 feet you can pretty much dive all day - but always dive with a buddy and really check out local conditions/dive companies) - this is one of the saddest stories I have ever read.

By way of background - the Canadian ship - the Yukon - was sunk back in 2,000 - after it had been tied up at the docks in San Diego - where many of us with an interest in diving had toured it.

They poked a bunch of holes in it - and towed it out to sink - but it proved one very difficult vessel to scuttle/sink - and they had to blow more holes in it - and then - when it finally settled on the bottom - it's at an odd angle. This odd angle/settling on it's side - has caused some real problems over the years (divers can become disoriented) - and this young Marine - Staci Jackson - age 26 - is the 4th drowning victim. (Note - if you dive the deepest part of the ship - at around 100+ feet - you only have about 17 minutes of air before other problems set in.)

Now not only is this dive challenging enough in the best of conditions - on Sat - Dec 1 - the Dive Master was very ill-advised to try and lead a diving group to this deep/dark wreck - in big surf (over 12 foot waves in some parts of SD county) - and very poor visibility.

You can read the article here - http://oceanside-camppendleton.patch.com/articles/marine-dies-scuba-diving-off-mission-beach# - but this excerpt speaks volumes:

"David Pierce, director of the San Diego Council of Divers, has dived the Yukon site and said it presents dangers.

“The ship is actually laying on its side, it did not go down properly,” Pierce said. “Because it’s on its side, divers can get disoriented in there pretty quickly.”

Pierce said he knew of a diving instructor several years ago who got into the engine room of the Yukon, which had been welded shut. That diver got tangled in the wreckage, ran out of air and drowned.

“The bottom of the wreck is 100 feet down and at that depth you might have only 17 minutes of air time down there,” Pierce said."

And when they found Staci - her legs were mysteriously bound - this also really needs further investigation.

6 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winners Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Sep 17, 14 at 01:05 PM
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Looking for Next Destination
  2. 2 Staying at holiday inn express midtown manhattan
  3. 3 Trip Report Trip Report - New York & Washington DC – May 30 – June 4, 2014
  4. 4 Big Island Fans - will we like Maui?
  5. 5 Restaurant recommendations for Ft. Lauderdale
  6. 6 Dec / Jan in the USA- advice
  7. 7 4 week family trip ideas
  8. 8 Tucson area flooding
  9. 9 Fairbanks, denali, kenai peninsula
  10. 10 New England Newbie - Help with 13 night itinerary - October
  11. 11 Las Vegas to San Francisco in October - best route
  12. 12 Trip Report TripReport--10 Utah Circle
  13. 13 Relaxing Honeymoon Week
  14. 14 St. Simon, Georgia
  15. 15 Petoskey Fall Break?
  16. 16 Moving to New Jersey
  17. 17 Baltimore Inner Harbor to DC - without a car; with luggage - suggestions?
  18. 18 Eating at south Lake Tahoe
  19. 19 Which Florida Key for one month stay with infant?
  20. 20 Planning for Fall Foliage in NE, Oct 2015
  21. 21 Trip Report Low Country Honor Flight to Washington DC
  22. 22 6 Days in NYC and then to Orlando - Best way to fly?
  23. 23 West Coast Road Trip
  24. 24 103rd annual northern Navajo nation fair
  25. 25 Need Minnesota leaf color reports
View next 25 » Back to the top