By Kevin F. McMurray
On a foggy July night in 1956, the Italian cruise liner Andrea Doria, certain for brand spanking new York, was once struck broadside by way of one other vessel. In 11 hours, she may sink approximately 250 toes to the murky Atlantic Ocean flooring. due to a bold rescue operation, basically fifty one of greater than 1,700 humans died within the tragedy. however the Andrea Doria remains to be taking lives.
Considered the Mt. Everest of diving, the Andrea Doria is the last word deepwater smash problem. through the years, a small yet fanatical team of utmost scuba divers have investigated the Andrea Doria, pushing themselves to the very limits of human persistence to discover her -- and never all have back. Diver Kevin McMurray takes you within this elite membership with a difficult, sincere examine those that cross deeper, farther, and toward the sting than others might ever dream.
Deep Descent is the riveting actual tale of the human spirit overcoming human frailty and of fearsome, mortal hazards traded for a hard-core adrenaline rush. Chronicling those adventures in his page-turning narrative and in dozens of dramatic photographs, McMurray attracts us deeper into the chilly middle of the unforgiving sea, giving us a robust imaginative and prescient of a spot to which few will ever have the talents -- or the braveness -- to head.
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He can have bogged down a section, yet he isn't able to surrender his crown, and he’s as feisty as ever. Bielenda can also be continually sturdy for audacious costs, and he’s by no means diplomatic by way of stepping on others’ feet. “Scumbags” and “fucks” are nonetheless his favourite sobriquets if you have pissed him off—and there are various. Bielenda was once apprehensive to have his enter on diving the Doria integrated in my ebook. His detractors may see it as simply one other instance of Bielenda’s starvation for exposure, yet I knew greater. Steve Bielenda used to be continually an ardent promoter of destroy diving. He was once a pioneer of Doria expeditions, and he used to be motive on seeing the list set instantly. We have been blessed with close to excellent climatic conditions on an Indian-summer day in mid-October. I had skilled sufficient of the “snotty” stipulations out at the fickle Atlantic to grasp that the scuba gods have been smiling on us that day. Glassy seas, no wind, and transparent skies greeted us after we arrived hours after departing Captree on the spot the place the 505-foot USS San Diego sank eighty-two years earlier than. For a guy in his 6th decade Bielenda is impressively healthy. His thinning grey hair is cropped just about the scalp with a wisp of it tied tightly in ponytail on the base of his cranium, a bow to model one might anticipate from a sea captain eager to retain a picture. he's powerfully equipped, a guy males part his age will be reluctant to move. brief and stout, he stills strikes concerning the decks of his liked Wahoo nimbly, as he sees to the hooking of the boat to the damage. Captain Janet is on the helm, and Bielenda defers to her directives. She is dependable. Bielenda desires to wait until eventually in the end the opposite divers are within the water, together with Janet Bieser. Captain Janet desires to bag up on lobsters. We remain at the back of, basking within the shining solar, supporting the entire divers into their apparatus and ushering them into the placid seas off the portside deck of the Wahoo. In a second of retrospection Bielenda confesses to me that point has stuck up with him, that his as soon as fabled dive talents have eroded. He now alternatives and chooses his dives rigorously. If it doesn't suppose correct, he'll now not dive. He has obvious one too many dive injuries. He has no purpose of “dying doing what i like. ” He desires to expire in his mattress whereas slumbering. Bielenda’s fees start to emerge from the water onto the dive platform at the stern the Wahoo. He fits up quick and is going over his equipment rigging and examines mine. We formulate a dive plan, and he insists there'll be no digression. Snapping a goodie bag to his harness, he says he desires to see if Captain Janet left any pickings for us. It’s the outdated Captain Steve. We expell air from our bloated wings and dry fits and drop unceremoniously right down to the inverted keel of the dormant send. Bielenda leads the way in which. I keep on with sheepishly, like a few keen vacationer following his consultant. After following a bilge keel aft, the 2 people drop over the port aspect of the destroy. The six-inch weapons on its flank aspect harmlessly into the blue-green void.