TO LEAVE a boat unattended at sea while the occupant goes scuba diving is foolhardy.
But that is exactly what happened recently when twice in one week a diver was unable to return to his vessel at the end of the dive because of strong currents.
In both instances, the diver floated at sea all night and luckily survived.
The cost to the taxpayer for the rescue efforts was considerable.
So many things can happen when a vessel is left unattended at sea.
The most common is when the anchor drags, or worse, the anchor line breaks and the vessel then drifts away from the dive site, leaving the diver stranded in the water.
The boat could also start taking on water and begin to submerge.
A fire could start which would spread quickly if there was no one close at hand to extinguish it.
Stay safe and always abide by the cardinal rule: have a responsible person remain on the vessel in case of an emergency.
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