Diver missing at Mukilteo Lighthouse park

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Diver missing at Mukilteo Lighthouse park

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https://www.heraldnet.com/news/authorit ... -mukilteo/

Around 9:15 a.m., two divers were reported to be in distress, said Mukilteo police officer Nathan Fabia. One came to shore. Another remained missing after 10 a.m

9:15 would not be a good time to be at lighthouse park
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I hope the diver is simply floating and moving with that crazy current. Crossing fingers
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No good. I agree, not a good time for the lighthouse park. I'm hoping the missing diver is hiking back along the railroad tracks.....
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Oh no! Hope they're ok!

That's a confusing chart. I think the green is what you want to read? I don't know muk too well, nor the station used on that chart, but that doesn't look too terrible given it would be more protected on an ebb?
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my mark is the time of morning, in terms of 14+ foot exchange. That sight is pretty current sensitive so really would have been a bad time to be in the water.

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Oh, didn't read this was lighthouse, thought it was tdock. Oh yeah that would not be good!
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I will, (and have!) done the T-dock at just about any current, but honestly today's exchange would have me thinking about the lake, and definitely keep me off the lighthouse side even with a scooter. Not seeing any updates other than they continue to search.....
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Nwbrewer wrote: Fri Jun 17, 2022 2:57 pm I will, (and have!) done the T-dock at just about any current, but honestly today's exchange would have me thinking about the lake, and definitely keep me off the lighthouse side even with a scooter. Not seeing any updates other than they continue to search.....
Yeah I I tried other stories and some say that the second diver never surfaced, which is what prompted the first diver to alert authorities. Truly sad, and a reminder to really know your dive sites. If you have any doubts, there are so many resources to access (nwdiveclub, numerous facebook groups, Reddit, etc). If there is one thing you can say about our dive community is that we help each other and are usually happy to share tidal knowledge.
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Someone posted that the two divers were inexperienced. They went in 5 minutes before the poster. Poster said viz was really bad and current was ripping. The diver that made it surfaced near boat launch and he was out of air. Doesnt look promising. I really feel for the survivor, that is going to be a difficult thing to deal with.
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Rick I'm guessing you are reading posts from the same person I am on FB. Sounds like they went in a the T-dock, survivor surfaced at the lighthouse park. That a long ways.
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Nwbrewer wrote: Fri Jun 17, 2022 3:54 pm Rick I'm guessing you are reading posts from the same person I am on FB. Sounds like they went in a the T-dock, survivor surfaced at the lighthouse park. That a long ways.
Yeah man that is a LONG ways.

Newer divers always remember, it is better to simply be floating somewhere, rather than stay down and tackle uncertainty. Get to surface, remember to hum on the way up, inflate BCD, wait for help. I understand this is not an option when doing technical dives, but generally speaking when doing recreational, surfacing is always a viable option when things go to shit, you get lost, you lose your buddy, etc....

If you are not sure of something, ask the HUGE diving community, shewt even if you ARE sure of something, ask anyways. In my time of diving, I have not ran into many divers that are unwilling to share knowledge. Actually I have met a lot of divers that are happy to share knowledge even when not asked...lol

With the resources they had out that day, a floating diver would have been found.

Just a real bummer and I can't stop thinking of the survivor, how difficult that would be to swallow.
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Norris wrote: Mon Jun 20, 2022 2:25 pm
With the resources they had out that day, a floating diver would have been found.
For those that remember Uncle Pug on SB, he wrote something that has stuck with my through my years of diving here. I don't recall the exact quote, but basically, "Get to the surface and float. With the currents and boat traffic in Puget Sound, sooner or later you are going to hit shore or get picked up by a boat."

A friend sent me an idea that I think is pretty good, something along the lines of a sign posted near the entrance at all the local sites used for OW training, reminding of the currents, with a QR code that links to the NOAA current predictions for the sight you are diving. I thought that would be pretty cool and simple to implement. A low budget version would be to add it to the maps that have been laminated and posted at the T-dock, and maybe on the maps that are sold by UWS for EUP.
Norris wrote: Mon Jun 20, 2022 2:25 pm
Just a real bummer and I can't stop thinking of the survivor, how difficult that would be to swallow.
I hope someone is reaching out to this guy. That's got to be really hard.
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get to surface, and have a dive alert....
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Nwbrewer wrote: Tue Jun 21, 2022 6:27 am

For those that remember Uncle Pug on SB, he wrote something that has stuck with my through my years of diving here. I don't recall the exact quote, but basically, "Get to the surface and float. With the currents and boat traffic in Puget Sound, sooner or later you are going to hit shore or get picked up by a boat."

A friend sent me an idea that I think is pretty good, something along the lines of a sign posted near the entrance at all the local sites used for OW training, reminding of the currents, with a QR code that links to the NOAA current predictions for the sight you are diving. I thought that would be pretty cool and simple to implement. A low budget version would be to add it to the maps that have been laminated and posted at the T-dock, and maybe on the maps that are sold by UWS for EUP.
This!

A laminated QR code placed right by the dive map at T-dock would be cool. I am going to create something and work with ole George to implement.


EXAMPLE
This site is current sensitive, have you checked your tidal exchange?
Anything above a 8 foot exchange can be challenging at this site.
Please scan below and check your tides for your dive.

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A laminated QR code placed right by the dive map at T-dock would be cool. I am going to create something and work with ole George to implement.


EXAMPLE
This site is current sensitive, have you checked your tidal exchange?
Anything above a 8 foot exchange can be challenging at this site.
Please scan below and check your tides for your dive.

{code}
Great idea. Signage would be a big help and raise awareness. Online resources would also be a benefit.

Hey YellowEye - would it be possible to add Mukilteo to the Slack Planning section of PWNDiving.com? Perhaps some of the folks here can help suggest safe parameters for the site.
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dlh wrote: Tue Jun 21, 2022 9:38 am
A laminated QR code placed right by the dive map at T-dock would be cool. I am going to create something and work with ole George to implement.


EXAMPLE
This site is current sensitive, have you checked your tidal exchange?
Anything above a 8 foot exchange can be challenging at this site.
Please scan below and check your tides for your dive.

{code}
Great idea. Signage would be a big help and raise awareness. Online resources would also be a benefit.

Hey YellowEye - would it be possible to add Mukilteo to the Slack Planning section of PWNDiving.com? Perhaps some of the folks here can help suggest safe parameters for the site.
Would be happy to do so for muk or any dive site if someone can provide the params. I need info on which station (xtide or NOAA), correction and maximums for the ✅ best, ⚠️medium, and 💥worse yet still divable exchanges for high and low slacks. Any muk experts on here that can provide that?
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