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Gary McNabb diving accident.. Grave condition
diswimming - 2/26/2015 6:10 PM
Category: General
Replies: 9

To just update you on master Gary McNabb. It is sad to say he suffered a major head injury while on a dive trip in Belize. I write this with great sadness his head was hit by a moving propeller. He was airlifted to Texas in a coma. His condition is very very grave. Please pray for Gary and his Family...
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Greg - 2/27/2015 9:25 AM
Gary and his family are in our thoughts and prayers!

When appropriate, more information on how this accident happened would be appreciated.
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john_f - 2/27/2015 9:52 AM
Sad news. I don’t know the gentleman personally. Hoping for the best for him and his family.
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Eric_R - 2/27/2015 10:54 AM
Passing thoughts his way.
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john_f - 3/02/2015 1:14 PM
Gary’s son, Adam posted elsewhere that Gary did not survive his injuries.
My condolences to Adam, family and friends.
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bustem55 - 3/02/2015 5:49 PM
R.I.P Gary. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends at this most difficult of times!
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diswimming - 3/02/2015 9:18 PM
Thank you! For posting I was aware Gary’s passing, that night he passed. I took it very hard.... Sorry I did not update. I know the family has asked for privacy at this time. Adam is a wonderful son.!!! I at a loss of words, except to I miss him deeply!!
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McNair - 3/03/2015 1:27 PM
This is very sad news. Details on the accident below.

Gary McNabb, the former owner of Leisure Time Dive and Ski Center in Chattanooga,
is no longer with us. He passed away in a head trauma center in San Antonio, TX
last Friday night, February 27 at approximately 8pm from a severe head injury that
occurred during a dive trip to Belize. The group was about to begin their dive
off of a 45 ft. long vessel in very high and rough seas with Gary being the first to
"splash". Eye witnesses on the boat said that no sooner he hit the water, the stern of the boat rose very high in the water pulling him under it.
When the stern came back down, the two collided with the end result of Gary being hit by
the prop. He underwent emergency neurosurgery and intensive care in Belize City
before being transferred to a medical evacuation flight and flown to the head
trauma center in San Antonio.

Gary had failed to check on the status of his medical diving insurance policy
through DAN before he headed to Belize. His policy had expired at the end of
January. A special fund raising website has been created to help pay for the
medical and evacuation costs which I have been told are astronomical. If you
would like to help, please go to de.gofund.me/nezvuw.
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Peter-EH-NJ - 3/29/2015 11:18 PM
Sorry for your loss. R.I.P. Gary McNabb. My prayers and condolences to the family. There is something to be learned by everyone in this moment of sadness. This as an impact on everyone. So very sad.