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    We are currently finishing off a unique underwater concrete pour.  he only way we could get concrete to site was with the use of a helicopter.  Over a period of 12 hours we had a helicopter overhead every 3 minutes delivering concrete to the hoper which supplied the concrete pump and then the divers. 

    Salvage diver killed in effort to retrieve sunken boat

    An Oregon diver working with a salvage crew was killed while trying to retrieve a capsized fishing vessel near Anacapa Island.Thomas Ohryn, 42, of Portland, Ore., was about 10 feet under water when he got caught Thursday morning between the submerged boat and a derrick, authorities said. He died at 10:47 a.m. at the emergency room of the Ventura County Medical Center.Ohryn was working with a commercial salvage company contracted to retrieve the fishing vessel New Horizon, which capsized Dec. 21 in an area known as the Anacapa Passage between Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands.The five people aboard the salvage vessel were unhurt, Coast Guard okesman Greg Zerfass said.The salvage crew was using a large crane to retrieve the boat and Ohryn got pinned about 10 feet below the surface. His air line was cut off and he was crushed, Deputy Medical Examiner Craig Stevens said.Coast Guard Ensign Tonya Harrington said the cause of the accident was being investigated. (Tom Ohryn was active in commercial diving in Canada for many years and was well known. Our condolences to the family. A trust fund for his 2 children has been set up. Details here)

    The Pacific Chapter of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) will hold it's Annual Scientific Conference on Friday, September 19, 2003 & Saturday, September 20,2003 in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada Friday, September 19th will be a combination of new research presentations and reviews in both diving and clinical hyperbaric medicine. Topics will be of interest to all types of professionals in the hyperbaric field. Saturday, September 20th will be "Diver Day" Seminar. These presentations will be of interest to medical & hyperbaric professionals, as well as recreational, commercial & scientific divers.

    Vancouver BC / Houston, Texas OceanWorks International, Inc. has announced the completion of its HARDSUIT atmospheric diving training program for the Russian Navy. The highly successful program provided training for ten pilots, ten technicians and five supervisors in the safe operation and maintenance of the HARDSUIT atmospheric diving systems, launch and recovery systems, and the customized hydraulic tools that were supplied as part of this contract. The course was conducted at the State Rescue and Diving Research Institute, near St. Petersburg in Russia. The six week training program included more than 225 hours of diving time. The course was conducted in English and Russian languages by four OceanWorks product support specialists, supported by local interpreters.

    OceanWorks International, Inc. (formally Hard Suits International - Vancouver) has announced receipt of an order from Global Marine Systems Limited, (Global Marine) to supply two custom designed tools for the recovery of buried telecommunications cable to depths of up to 3 meters.

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