A struggle

Here is a look at the coordination and logistics involved underwater as Scott needs help to change breathing apparatus.  Camera operators and still photographers even chip in to try and get Scott across the San Pedro channel.

It has been difficult so far for Scott as we now reach the five o’clock hour.  He does not have far to go.  We can see the harbor cranes of San Pedro and Long Beach clearly now.

Underwater

At the moment, Scott has been in the water for almost four hours without a break in the dive bell.  The Sea Watch research vessel is on its way to provide assistance in the nature of oxygen, water and hot coffee.  We will re-post again shortly after the Sea Watch makes contact with Scott.

Luminox

The chief sponsor for 30-mile-dive is Luminox.  Andre Bernheim, visiting from Zurich, made sure that Scott was outfitted with the best dive watches under water.  Of course Luminox’s support did stop with watches.  They were influential in making the dive happen from a financial, and logistical standpoint as well.

Scott shows off the two watches he will be wearing from Luminox.

Everyone associated with the dive, and with Scott’s organization, extends their thanks to Luminox for their assistance and support!

The Luminox Deep Dive 1500 series. Model# 1525

Splashdown

Scott made splashdown at 7am this morning.  It took a herculean effort from everyone on hand and now the waiting is over.  He is in the water and making his way to Los Angeles at the moment.

He is reportedly making extremely good time in the water at the moment as he has a 1.2 knot current assisting him.  Global Reef’s underwater cinematographers have made multiple contacts with him and all is well.

 

The Prep

More than 30 people, from cinematographers to crew members from the 5 support ships were involved in getting Scott into the water this morning.

From having to re-wire boats to making sure all the communications worked, there was a lot going on this morning.  Here are a few shots from this morning’s action.

Rewiring the Blue Diver for the COMMS

Prepping a Sony EX3 and its underwater housing.

The end result of all the hard work. Scott reaching the water for his 30-mile-dive.

The Jellyfish on-board…and we are off…

The final piece of equipment on-board is the Jellyfish.  It took a small crane to lift the the diver’s lifeline onto the Sea Watch.

Now that it is with us we all gave it a pat for good luck…

And we headed out to the open ocean.  Next stop, Catalina.

The Safety Meeting

We are closer to pushing off into the Pacific.  The crew of the Sea Watch gathered all hands on deck for the safety meeting before we are set to head out.  Captain Chris Wade tells everyone to be very aware and ready for anything.  On-deck photographers, cinematographers and crew are told it may be smooth water here in the harbor but we WILL see some waves out in the channel.

Captain Chris shows off the most important piece of equipment for the land lubbers on board.

The Jellyfish

This contraption will play an integral role in the record dive.  Scott and the rest of the divers will, of course need to rest, but the rest will take place underwater in this diving bell affectionately called the Jellyfish.

Getting prepped and ready...

When it is lowered into the water, the Jellyfish will provide Scott and the other divers with approximately an hour of fresh air.  Cups of coffee and a switchover in air tanks will occur inside this tiny pocket.  If seas are rough, a regulator will take a continuously supply of fresh air to the Jellyfish.

Holding the tiniest portion of the earth’s atmosphere under water takes a lot of weight.  This empty oil drum is full of chains and holes.  Once it’s lowered into the water the water will fill up the drum and the diving bell pulled under water holding the pocket of fresh air for Scott.

Stayed tuned to see the Jellyfish in action.  We’ll be leaving the San Pedro docks for Catalina very soon.