What’s a diver to do when he’s been stranded at sea for more than six hours? Apparently, record his final thoughts on a GoPro.
Scuba diver Jacob Childs lived through a diver’s worst nightmare last week after being separated from his group on a deep wreck dive off of Queensland, Australia. As the sun (and his hope for recovery) began to descend, Childs decided to record what he feared to be his final moments.
“So that's it. The sun goes down they won't do nothing. That's a wrap on old Jakey,' he says, rather glibly, in the video.
While surfacing from the dive, Childs was surprised to find the safety rope used for decompression stops missing—he began to drift. Within a matter of hours, Childs had drifted several miles from the boat. In the video, he appears tried to attract the attention of a passing trawler to no avail.
As the video comes to an end, rescue planes are seen above, but they fail to spot the stranded diver. Eventually, after more than six hours, rescuers spotted Childs floating in the water. He seemed pretty unshaken by the whole event, telling ABC:
'I was relieved and I wanted a cup of tea.”
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