Fatal Depth

Fatal Depth : Deep Sea Diving, China Fever and the Wreck of the "Andrea Doria"

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At 11.10pm on July 25, 1956, the luxurious Italian ocean liner Andrea Doria collided with the Stockholm 45 miles south of Nantucklet. Half a century later the wreck of the Andrea Doria is still claiming lives. Professional and amateur divers the world over consider the Andrea Doria to be the Everest of diving. At 225 feet below the surface, the wreck lies at the very edge of human endurance and accomplishment: ordinary air becomes toxic, and the divers who go there suffer nitrogen narcosis or "the rapture of the deep". Symptoms include confusion, lack of coordination, and perhaps most deadly of all, a loss of the ability to make clear decisions. As a result, divers use TriMix, an exotic blend of oxygen, nitrogen and helium to descend through the strong currents, rusted metal and twisted wires to seek fame and fortune in the form of china teacups and plates. For serious wreck divers, these fragile artefacts are genuine proof of their abilities. During the summer of 1998 three elite divers lost their lives, all on separate dives from the top dive boat out of Montauk, the 65-foot Seeker. Craig Sicola was clearly suffering from "china fever" before he went down.
He'd handled teacups brought up by veteran Doria diver Gary Gentile, and the gleam in Craig's eye was unmistakable. Craig dived on June 24, 1998. A few hours later his body bobbed to the surface. He was carrying a plate. Joe Haberstroh, the award-winning Newsday reporter, watched events unfold during the summer of 1998. In this book he re-creates what was the pride of the Italian fleet, how it sank, the dangers of the deep, and the gripping personal stories of the men who live or die for a teacup from its remains.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 255 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 567g
  • The Lyons Press
  • Guilford, United States
  • English
  • b&w illustrations
  • 1585744573
  • 9781585744572

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It's well researched, well interviewed, and written without frills. It doesn't need frills. Wreck diving is already on the edge, an extreme sport with virtually no margin for error. Drama is built in. Haberstroh does a nice job with these issues, the profiles of the five who died are effective, and he understands the sport without having dived himself, which is quite an accomplishment." --"National Geographic Adventure"
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About Joseph Haberstroh

Joe Haberstroh writes about commercial and recreational fishing, coastal environmental issues, and marine species from eels to lobsters. In 1997 he was a member of a large team of reporters who won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the crash of TWA Flight 800. He lives in Bay Shore, New York, with his wife and two children.
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