|By Jim Gallagher (BonaireTalker - Post #21) on Friday, March 18, 2011 - 10:57 am:|
Diana and I took a trip to Bonaire with a group from Wisconsin that started last Saturday. Our plan was to dive every day for a week and see the best reefs in the Western Hemisphere. We made our checkout dive Sunday morning at Buddy Dive and dove the house reef. After lunch we drove to 1000 Steps for our first shore dive. We suited up and walked down the steps to the beach. The transition from the last step to the beach is difficult. Several divers stumbled there. Diana was the last diver to come down. She stepped down to the ground, her ankle twisted and she broke both bones in the lower right leg. The dive team we were with helped us get her back up the stairs before the ambulance arrived. They took her to the island’s only hospital.
|By KOB (LBR32) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #530) on Friday, March 18, 2011 - 11:00 am:|
Wow, Jim. Sorry to hear of your (and especially Diana's) bad luck. Those steps can be a little tricky with 40 lbs. of gear on your back. Best of lck to Diana with healing and have a great trip to STJ.
|By Judy Workman (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #274) on Friday, March 18, 2011 - 11:36 am:|
That's so sad Everyone should be able to enjoy the vacation they work all year to achieve!
|By Eric author of "Why is the Grass Green?" (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1622) on Friday, March 18, 2011 - 12:19 pm:|
So sorry the trip ended that way. So glad you had DAN to help you out. Praying your wife heals and rehabs in time to make the 2nd trip.
|By Gail T.*********** (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #5062) on Friday, March 18, 2011 - 1:44 pm:|
That must have been a huge disappointment, but I must say I don't detect that in your report. Your take on "It is what it is" is admirable, as is putting Diana's welfare as the focus of your report. Have a fabulous 'make up' trip to STJ's!
|By Carol (BonaireTalker - Post #93) on Monday, March 21, 2011 - 5:32 pm:|
Now I know why you weren't on the return Delta flight on Saturday! I just figured you guys were staying for two weeks. Poor Diana! I hope she is up and about and on the mend real soon.
|By Jim Gallagher (BonaireTalker - Post #22) on Monday, March 21, 2011 - 10:55 pm:|
Yes, we thought about that when we were on the way home. You need to know it wasn't the diving that got her hurt. It was the walk to the water that did it.
|By Robert J. Patch (BonaireTalker - Post #71) on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 5:41 pm:|
Why not just put an extra step at the bottom? Even a big coral rock would be better than nothing.
|By C&D (BonaireTalker - Post #54) on Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 9:00 am:|
Wow! Very sad ending to a trip to Bonaire! We're from Wisconsin, too...Have been to Bonaire 6 years in a row, but not this year. We have only done 1000 steps once - and, I must admit, a friend put my BC on his back and took my gear back up those terrible steps for me! We're in our late 50's and it's getting harder & harder to do those shore dives, but OHHHHH! they are the best! Good luck to your wife on her recovery~
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