Thursday, September 24, 2020

A Group Of Divers Was Left Stranded, Drifting For Seven Hours Before Being Rescued


Remember that film OPEN WATER back in 2004 that depicted the real-life story of two divers that were mistakenly abandoned in the middle of the ocean and never found again?

Such an incident actually happened again not too long ago to a group of tourists diving off Mauritius. But while the movie couple died, the real-life divers survived after drifting for seven hours.

When the dive charter boat dropped them off Gunner’s Quoin Island north of Mauritius, it allegedly left to drop off another group of divers at a different spot.

The first group didn’t know the boat was gone until after they resurfaced 30 minutes later.

British couple Jeff and Julie Byrne were in that group.

Jeff, a diver with more than 500 dives under his belt, said:

“If I’d known the boat was going to leave us, I would absolutely never had gone in the water. It’s a diver’s worst nightmare.”

After drifting for about 10 miles/16 kilometers, a search boat finally found them.

To learn more about their harrowing tale, check out the story on the Daily Mail website at

Julie Bryne, diving the day before being stranded in the Indian Ocean (Photo credit:
Julie Bryne, diving the day before being stranded in the Indian Ocean (Photo credit:

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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