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Page 59 - Eddie Barrington: Early Diving Years

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1992/1/1 (261 reads)

But if you ever do, you make sure that it's very stable and there's no chance it's go? ing to fall. But generally, you know, we understand that if this piece has been dis? turbed by a storm, then as the storm abates, there's still huge big seas hitting it. So if that doesn't disturb it. then when the seas are calm and you go back, it's certainly not going to be disturbed. It's like anything else, I mean, just the mere fact that you stick your head under? water, you have to be careful--you're in a hostile environment.... The one that I was in the most serious trouble with was the Averill, up near In? gonish there. Green Cove. I was living in Halifax at the time. Another friend of mine that I dove with in Halifax drove up to In? gonish, to the bungalow, and we arrived there about 1 o'clock in the morning. And went diving the next day. This was in Janu? ary, February, And we were diving just from the shore, and we swam out to the wreck, which was--oh, to where we wanted to go was probably 7 or 8 hundred feet offshore. And while we were on the bottom, the wind came up, you know, as a winter storm can--sou'- west wind, quite strong. We didn't realize it, of course, on the bottom. We were in 30, 40 feet of water. When we came to the surface, it was just water flying everywhere, with a heavy wind. Out of air, of course, too. Being in very cold water--we were just in wetsuits too, and we were in for an hour or so, getting cold. And a combination of all this, and being up so late, and driv? ing the night before, and everything else --not in the best physical condition. So I was having a heck of a job to make it to "For all your Insurance needs • call us and compare" TENANTS . HOME • LIFE • R.R.S.P. CAR • BOAT • BUSINESS BLAINE NEWCOMBE JOHN NEWCOMBE Senior Account Agent Agent Res.: 727-2511 • BUSINESS: 539-1122 • Res.: 562-1230 1028 KINGS ROAD • SYDNEY RIVER /lllstate shore. Finally it came (to where I) ditched my weight belt and threw it away. So then--I couldn't get into the cove at all. I ended up out on what I referred to as Boiler Point there a few minutes ago. And there was quite a little sea breaking in on that. And I thought, "Gee"--you know, the last of my senses, I thought, "Well, there's no way I can survive that surf and make it up on the rocks, I've got to get to the beach." So it came to the point where I was starting to lose my vi? sion, too, and thinking wasn't too clear. Losing my strength altogether. And it came to the point where I just started to slip Wrecl{ Cove General Store GAS SNACK BAR Lobster Pound (summer only) OPEN YEAR ROUND Wreck Cove on the Cabot Trail 929-2929 fOur congratulations to Cape Breton's Magazine on 20 successful years of collecting Cape Breton ['history and making it so enjoyable. PIONEER READY-MIX LIMITED SERVING CAPE BRETON • READY MIX CONCRETE • CONCRETE SEPTIC TANKS • PATIO BLOCKS PRIME BROOK, SYDNEY 539-5217
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