Hi Everyone, Just thought I would get this off my chest. Ive been in two minds about posting this, but I think its important to discuss these incidents in the hope that we can make sense of these fooked up moments and hopefully become safer divers as a result. I'm not going to write a novel just the facts. If you want to know more feel free to ask questions. As some of you know I went on my first Live-aboard with Blue O Two last month. It was an amazing experience. Met some great people and the diving was incredible. Unfortunately when we arrived we were told that the weather forecast didn't look good, strong winds all week, bad news for the wrecks. We spent the first three days bobbing around the local reefs, (fine for me with my goPro) not so much for a lot of the other divers. Eventually at 3am the Captain decided to go for it and make the jump over the gulf to the Thistlegorm. After a very very rough and sleepless night we made it to the other side. First dive on the Thistlegorm. My guided wreck penetration went fine. ascended the shot line, up the ladder and was met with the worst site any diver wants to see. Another diver on the deck receiving CPR and clearly not doing very well. They worked on him for 2-3 hours while we all sat around feeling completely helpless and not knowing what to say or do. Eventually the ambulance speed boat arrived whisked him off the Sharm but he didn't make it. Now I want to make it very clear, I was not part of this divers group, I do not know exactly what happened. I can only pass on what I heard. This is not an official account and it is probably inaccurate, I can only say what I heard from others on the boat. Apparently, he was a new open water diver 25+ dives (aged 40-50) he had had a problem all week with his ears so had only done one or two dives. Obviously he wanted to do the Thistlegorm and he felt ready for it so he decided to do the dive. They had chosen to dive the exterior first and descended to the stern of the boat. I think him and his buddy were part of a group with a dive guide, but i'm not sure. after 15 mins the diver was apparently down to 90 bar. I think he was on an Ali 12 so clearly his breathing rate was sky high suggesting he was not comfortable. The dive guide or buddy signalled for the two of them to head back to the shot line, which they did. This is where it all went wrong. Apparently the diver suddenly spat his reg out of his mouth and started to pull him self up the line. However, his buddy saw this and managed to grab him and shove his alternate into his mouth which he spat straight back out. The buddy then did his best to keep a reg in the divers mouth and slowly ascend the shot line while the diver was violently thrashing around. This started at roughly 20M up to 6M where the diver managed to knock his buddies mask off and regulator out of his mouth. At this point understandably the buddy had to let the diver go to replace his reg and mask. The diver shot up the last 6M without a reg and apparently made it the the surface but only barely alive. Due to the strong winds there were some quite big waves, apparently the diver was on his back, two large waves came over and he actually drowned at the surface before anybody could get to him. The buddy checked his computer and there were no ascent warnings, so no DCS worries. Absolutely horrible, I just feel so sorry for his family. Thats it in a nutshell... feel free to ask any questions.