Media sensationalism reported repeatedly world-wide is killing the scuba industry, WAtoday.com.au reports. The report says that Queensland dive operators say that the recurring “dive death” headlines are slowing down business and scaring off potential newcomers.
A 30 percent decline in business has been reported on top of an already suffering downturn in business due to oil prices and world-wide reported fatalities.
Priceless tales, such as the death of Tina Watson and the drifting off into the open ocean by divers Alison Dalton and Dick Neely have apparently contributed to a mass hysteria in the diving community and the constant sensationlism by reporters on the odd shark attack, is devastating the industry.
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