Aquarius Aquanaut Dies............. Body: For those of us who choose to venture into extreme environments, the risk and danger involved with our every venture becomes accepted, almost as second nature.
Sometimes, something happens that reminds us of our total dependancy on our own level of fitness, skill & experience and the proper function of our life support equipment. And so it is that I must sadly relay the following news:
On Tuesday, 5 May 2009, fellow Aquanaut Dewey Smith, who was a research & support diver with UNCW/NOAA Aquarius underwater habitat, died during an excursion in the waters near the habitit.
Details are few at this time and the incident is still under investigation.
The official News Release can be found at: http://appserv02.uncw.edu/news/artview.aspx?id=2609
May our thoughts and prayers be with Dewey Smith’s family as well as with the "Aquarius" habitat projects "family"