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Sad news about NatGeo underwater photographer Peter Brumer!
Brian_V - 9/24/2013 10:36 AM
Category: Health & Safety
Replies: 1

Canadian Underwater Photographer Dies in Costa Rica

The treacherous underwater currents of Drake Bay claimed the life
of a Canadian man who was reportedly part of a film crew working
for the international cable network NatGeo in Costa Rica. The
photographer has been identified as Peter Brumer.

According to daily tabloid newspaper Diario Extra, the late
photographer disappeared around 4:00 p.m. on Friday. The
underwater photography crew consisted of several divers who
had traveled to capture the natural beauty that lies beneath
Corcovado National Park, in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica.

The divers were loaded with heavy photographic equipment,
which made their descent more complicated than usual. As
they were going deeper, they were surprised by a sudden
shift in underwater currents. The divers struggled against
the current, but Brumer could not move through the water
fast enough to avoid the current’s powerful dragging force.

The rest of the divers were able to surface, but they immediately
headed back down once they saw that their teammate was missing.
They spent hours looking for him in the dangerous waters of
Drake Bay. Fearing the worst and afflicted due to the disappearance
of their colleague, the divers sought the assistance of the Red
Cross of Costa Rica.

Red Cross members urged the exhausted divers to suspend the search
after sunset, but they remained on the beach. Around 8:00 p.m.,
the ocean returned the lifeless body of the Canadian photographer.
The Organization for Judicial Investigations (Spanish initials OIJ),
was en route to begin a forensic investigation on Saturday.

Brumer’s life ended on the same spot where two best friends and
court employees from Perez Zeledon drowned in 2004. In the case
of the two Costa Rican men, they were separated from their female
partners as they played in the surf when a sudden rip current took
them out to sea.
Greg - 9/25/2013 8:35 AM
That’s a pretty tragic story. I wonder if he was strapped in to his gear OR whether he refused to let go of the gear...which could have prevented him from being able to surface like the rest of his crew.