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Old 06-30-2020, 04:21 PM
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Default Sea Tow captain pulls diver from Intracoastal Waterway

Great Job..
Remember Folks, Even "diving" in 30 +/- feet of water(s), you can get in Trouble real Fast!
I personally would like to know the "backstory"..

[quote]Captain Scott Collins was clearing a Sea Tow call around 4:30 p.m. Sunday when a woman on a passing boat flagged him down. The boater said there was a diver in trouble near the drawbridge floating face down in the water.

When Captain Collins arrived moments later, he found 29-year-old Daniel Fisher unconscious in the waterway.

Family members describe Fisher as an experienced diver and a UNCW alum. The Wilmington resident was spear fishing before he fell unconscious. His family still doesn’t know what caused the emergency.
(Spear Fishing for sheepsheads?).. Either Wrightsville beach or Figure 8 Drawbridges? As I SEEN Mucho police headed down Eastwood Road about this time..

Captain Collins found him just in time. No one knows how long Fisher had been without air. To make matters worse, he was drifting closer to the channel full of boat traffic. Collins hoisted him aboard his boat and got to work administering CPR. He continued the chest compressions until EMS intervened minutes later.

There were moments the captain says he was nervous Fisher wouldn’t make it.

“When I first started, I didn’t think there was any way. He had no pulse, he wasn’t breathing and I really didn’t think he was going to make it but as I kept doing chest compressions and saw positive results, it drove me to keep going and I knew there was a chance,” said Collins.

While Collins has saved people from boat crashes and helped people who have fallen overboard, coming across Fisher’s lifeless body in the water is something he’s never experienced before and something he believes he will never forget.

Now that few days have passed since the rescue, he says its sinking in a little bit more that he’s the reason Fisher is alive today.

“When his father called me later and thanked me over and over again it was pretty intense... I wont lie, it brought tears to my eyes,” said Collins.

Fisher has a long road to recovery, but his family says he’s breathing on his own now and doctors are optimistic he will leave the ICU soon. The family has also set up a GoFund me page to assist with his medical expenses.

“It was unbelievable that I brought him on board and I did not think he would make it and CPR saved his life,” said Collins. “His family, his wife... everybody has a second chance.”

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Great Job Scott!!!!
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Have seen Captain Scott for years on the water with his dog, the best in the business, outstanding job!!
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Wow! Sounds like Capt. Scott was part of something greater than he could’ve ever imagined.
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wonder if the diver had bad air in the tank.
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Wow. I was walking over the WB bridge a few weeks ago and saw a diver pop up with a sheepshead on a spear and thought to myself that has to be a sketchy place to dive.
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That's awesome, and what a great job to ALL involved!
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Captain Collins is a hero.
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Very fortunate.
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Very fortunate and good on the Capt. Alot of guys over that way will freedive at slack tide so maybe he was a freediver at the time and not a tank diver. Shallow water blackout would be more fitting than anything else I could think of.
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Originally Posted by olsaltydog View Post
Very fortunate and good on the Capt. Alot of guys over that way will freedive at slack tide so maybe he was a freediver at the time and not a tank diver. Shallow water blackout would be more fitting than anything else I could think of.
Agreed, or banged his head resurfacing too quickly and knocked himself out?

Lucky, fortunate, blessed....whatever you want to call it....he had 9 lives that day.
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This is one of my co-worker's son. I'll let y'all know when I find out what happened, but he was probably free diving and suffered a shallow water blackout. He went home from the hospital today and I believe is going to make a full recovery.

Coincidentally, my co-worker's brother-in-law died from a diving accident in Florida just a couple of years ago - rapid decompression, was conscious when they flew into the hospital, but he ended up dying because they dicked around and didn't get him to a pressure chamber in time.
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I talked to my coworker. His son was spearfishing his honeyhole, a place he was very familiar with. He doesn't remember anything that happened. That is a classic sign of blackout while freediving.
He says they think he will make a full recovery, but it's a little bit early to tell for certain yet. He has some memory issues right now.
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Capt. SCOTT!!!! YOU THE MAN! YOU should be feeling 10 ft tall!! Awesome job, man!!
So glad to hear of a great outcome!
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Wow. What a great story!
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I believe my wife was telling me about this a few days ago. I think she went to high school with the guy. Did he go to DH Conley?
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Originally Posted by Bigwayne17 View Post
I believe my wife was telling me about this a few days ago. I think she went to high school with the guy. Did he go to DH Conley?
Highly likely as his dad lives in Greenville and has for the past 15 yrs or so.
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Capt Scott is a great guy on & off the water.
Thank you for always looking out for others.
The world needs more people like Capt. Scott........ICM

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