Re: Diving in the '60's

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Posted by Frank on November 06, 2000 at 22:16:24:

In Reply to: Re: Diving in the '60's posted by kelphead on November 06, 2000 at 20:37:43:

No, you're not nitpicking. I should have prefaced that statement with IMHO. One particular local fatality does stand out. A close relative of a county superviser bought the farm at Catalina in the 70's. The supervisor attempted to pass legislation regulating all scuba activity in Los Angeles. I was hired to act in a film called "Depth Trap"; a fictional piece about a diver nearly dying because he got his arm caught trying to steal bugs out of a lobster trap. The point of the film was to dramatize the fact the scuba fatalities and injuries are the result of "pilot error" and that no amount of government legislation would prevent that. Our industry prevailed and the legislation wss never passed. The film was shot by Jack McKinney, the almost famous underwater cinematographer who died of AIDS. No, he wasn't gay; he loved some Asian ladies not wisely but too well while shooting on location.

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