The latest attempt to reach incredible depths whilst Scuba Diving has ended in tragedy – on Saturday 15th August 2015 Dr Guy Garman failed to return from an attempted dive to 1200ft / 366m in an effort to set a new world record.
Garman, also known as “Doc Deep”, was attempting to beat the record set by Ahmed Gabr who made a 1090ft / 332m dive in the Red Sea in September 2014.
According to a statement released by Captain Ed Buckley, one of the captains assisting with the dive, Garman entered the water at 6am and was expecting to have a dive run time of 10 hours and 25 mins.
The statement continued:
“The first deep support divers were to meet up with him at 360ft (110m), 38 minutes after he descended. He never arrived at that first stop. Divers stayed as long as possible and more deep support divers went in to help with a deep vigil hoping that something had just seriously delayed him. He was attached to a 1,300ft (396m) descent line so surfacing elsewhere wasn’t an option.”
Garman had been preparing for the dive for 2 years, although according to an official video posted on the 7th August (the day before his dive – that you can see below), he had been diving for 4 years and prior to the fateful dive had dived to a maximum depth of 810ft / 247m. To many in the Technical and Recreational Scuba Diving industry this level of experience would be considering far too small to carry out a dive of this scale.
Until the body of Dr Garman is recovered there is no knowing what caused him to fail to resurface.
On the statement on ScubaBoard.com, Captain Ed concluded:
“To say that we’re all very saddened is an understatement. Regardless of whether you agreed with his record goal or not, he was more knowledgeable about diving, and specifically deep and technical diving, than almost anyone else on the planet. His wife and son were on the boats during the dive this morning and respect for their privacy and that of his other son and daughter will be appreciated”
Dr. Garman was born in California and after an impressive medical career, relocated to the Virgin Islands to practice Osteopathy.