- Retired UK Fisherman Saves Divers’ Lives
- British Ex-Military Engineer Attempts to Break World Record
- Florida’s Underwater Nurseries Are Saving Coral Reefs
A retired man from the small coastal village of Trefor, in Wales, was called to action when he spotted two divers who appeared to be struggling in the water. Out fishing on his boat, the 63 year old man heard cries coming from the pier, where he noticed a woman struggling to keep a man afloat. As he rushed to help them, it was not immediately apparent what the problem was, whether the man was even breathing. The SCUBA gear made it difficult for the fisherman to pull him aboard, but the diver was conscious enough to hang on to the side of the boat while the woman diver swam along. It was revealed later that the man had suffered a heart attack while on the dive. He is recovering at home following a hospital visit.
Once a member of Britain’s Royal Engineers, Mark Colman is diving to raise 500,000 pounds ($779,594) for Veterans In Action (VIA), and concurrently break the world record for longest time submerged underwater, the current record for which stands at 100 hours. Colman served in the first Gulf War and was active up until he lost a friend in a dive accident more than a decade ago, leading to post-traumatic stress disorder and his subsequent departure from the Royal Engineers in 1994. This will be the first dive he has completed since the tragedy. To deal with the loss of both his friend, and soon after, his sister, Colman turned to the VIA, a support organization for ex-military persons who experience difficulty readjusting to civilian life. Due to their role in changing his life to a more positive way of thinking, the charity for Colman was a no-brainer. The rules of the challenge state that he will be allowed 20-minute breaks from the water every four hours, but the rest of the time he must stay submerged. Music, activities, and games are all provided to keep Colman entertained while he shoots for a new world record.
In an effort to combat the ravaging effects of fishing, pollution, and destruction, Florida marine biologists are making leaps in the field of regeneration of these vital ecosystems through the creation of coral nurseries. Here’s a closer look at what is being accomplished: