Monday, July 31, 2006
Kahuna Slug (Thorunna Kahuna), Kahe Point Beach, Island of Oahu
Two sharks deep in horseshoe cave
Whitetip shark close to underwater arch at Kahe Beach Park
ID’s Released On Dead Diver & Missing Companion
(CBS4 News) BIG PINE KEY The U.S. Coast Guard has released the identities of a dead diver and her missing companion.
The woman is identified as 47-year old Judith Silcox. Her body was found floating in the water on the ocean side of Big Pine Key on Thursday, the second and final day of lobster mini-season.
Her companion, 53-year old Ronald Maloy, is missing and the U.S. Coast Guard is still searching for him. The couple is from Palatka.
Silcox’s body, wearing scuba gear, was found floating by another boater around 10:30 a.m.Thursday. An unoccupied boat was found in the vicinity as well, anchored with a dive flag posted.
During the investigation, officers discovered the boat, and the diving gear which included four tanks, had been rented from Paradise Divers on Summerland Key by Silcox and Maloy. The woman was wearing one tank, two were still on the boat and the fourth was missing. The deserted boat was also registered in Maloy’s name.
Investigators have also discovered that the couple was staying at the Sunshine Key Campground on Ohio Key. A motor home, a pickup truck, and a boat trailer registered to them were found at the campground.
Detectives say it’s unclear what may have happened to hem. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Silcox to determine the cause of her death. Her dive equipment will also be carefully examined.
Wednesday, the first day of lobster mini-season, three people died while searching the seas for the elusive crustaceans.
According to the Coast Guard, Dwight Blackwelder died about five miles off the Fort Pierce Inlet. Blackwelder was diving in about 55 feet of water and did not come back up. Other divers went in and found him on the bottom of the ocean.
A Monroe County sheriff’s office spokeswoman said Todd Hilkert was diving on a reef off Plantation Key. Hilkert, who was not a certified diver, was found at the bottom of the reef. He had shed all of his equipment, except a weight belt. His tank was recovered empty and authorities believe he most likely drowned.
Joan Radford was about to dive off Big Pine Key when her niece dove in the water to retrieve a piece of equipment that had fallen. When she surfaced, Radford was missing. The woman was found on the bottom of the ocean.
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