Diver outraged after being stranded at sea

Posted: 10/11/2011 in all marine news

WSVN – 

Paul Kline said he is grateful to have his feet back on solid ground after an adventure on Sunday that left him thinking he was going to die.

“I went out on a scuba dive and came up from our second dive and got to the surface, and nobody or nothing was within sight,” said the disturbed Kline, “so we were out there all on our own.”

Paul Kline and his friend, Fernando García, had to tread water for more than two hours. Kline said they were left by their charter boat while deep sea diving three miles off shore of Key Biscayne.

Kline said they held on to a small fishing buoy for more than two hours until passengers on a yacht saw them. “I wasn’t gonna give up.

We managed to find a buoy and we hung on to that, so that way, if somebody came to look for us, we’d be in one spot, because I don’t know which way the current is taking us. If it’s taking us out to sea, that’ll be a completely different story,” Kline explained.>

Elie Trichet, captain of the yacht “No Compromise,” said some passengers on board noticed the divers. “Well, it’s a miracle that we got so close to them, and we saw them,” he said. “It was a little raft.”

Kline is a certified diver and has been on numerous diving adventures, but he said nothing like this has ever happened to him before.

“The first thing you think about is there’s a famous movie about a diver that gets left in the middle of the ocean, and it doesn’t end very well, so the first thing you think about is how could this happen ?”

Kline is a father of six and while out in the ocean, he said he could only think about getting back to his wife and children. “I wasn’t giving up anytime soon,” he said.

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